Palace Theatre, 307 9th Street N.W., Washington D.C.

“One of the prettiest sights in the city”


From Moving Picture World, October 17, 1908:


“In Washington, on Ninth street, stands the Palace Theater, owned by the Interstate Amusement Company, of which A. C. Mayer is general manager. The front and lobby is studded with 1,684 lamps and at nigh it is one of the prettiest sights in the city.

Mr. Mayer, in an interview with a World representative, reported that business had so far been very good and that the Summer season had surpassed all expectations.

Asked as to his idea of the future of the business, he said;

‘The only fault that we can find in this city is that the film manufacturers are turning out too much melodramatic kind of subjects. The people here like comedy-clean comedy-and the authorities are after us every now and then about the character of the films we have to show. It seems to me that the life and future of the five-cent theater in this city, as in others, depends upon the kind of films that the exhibitors will be given. I feel satisfied that the future of the business is up to the manufacturer, and if they give us better subjects and plenty of comedy everyone will be benefited.'”


Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is currently accepting theatre talks and walks for the fall and winter-historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.


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