Empress Theatre, 416 Ninth Street NW, Washington, DC

Trade publication criticizes theatre manager for his “absurd stand.”

Moving Picture World, August 20, 1910:

empress

“A recent reel that caused quite a sensation in Washington from the independent people was Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Thanhouser), which caused quite a stampede  in front of the Empress Theater.

“This play is arranged in a continuous  performance, taking about thirty minutes for its presentation. The music, which accompanied it consisted of plantation melodies and songs which added much to the effectiveness of the play, and should be a hint to other exhibitors to bring out the true spirit of the silent drama with appropriate music.

“Manager Notes was asked by his patrons to retain the film for another day to satisfy the large demand for seats, but he declined, saying it was the policy of his house to change the bill daily, presenting only first-time-shown films, a most absurd stand for any exhibitor to take. Give the public what it wants, even if it is six months old subjects.”

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Thanhouser

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 2014–historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

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