“Theatres For Sale”, Moving Picture World, January 23, 1909

Excerpts from Moving Picture World, January, 23, 1909:

“Four paying shows, which would make a nice circuit for some enterprising manager, can be obtained at less than invoice value and on suitable terms. They are all making money and there are special reasons for selling.”

For Sale: Crescent Theatre, Vandalia, Illinois

“The locations are:
Bowling Green, Ky.-Seats 154. One other show in town
Petersburg, Ind.-Seats 120. No other show in town.
Rockport, Ind.-Seats 110. One other show in town.
Vandalia, Ill.-Seats 190. One other show in town.
Princeton, Ind. Seats 112.
Henderson, Ky.-Seats 230.
Mt. Vernon, Ind.-Seats 108. No opposition.”

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For Sale: Crescent Theatre, Bowling Green, Kentucky

“There is no better proposition in the country at the present time than the above circuit of seven shows, all within easy traveling distance from each other. Any man who wants to go into the exhibiting business and make money from the start can secure the above theatres at a bargain. Each one is in charge of a competent manager, each one paying a profit, and full particulars and reasons for selling will be given to parties who mean business.
“Full particulars in regard to this unusual proposition may be obtained from B. R. Craycroft, manager Laemmle Film Service, Evansville, Ind. or Moving Picture World. They will be sold together or separately.”

“Four paying shows” mentioned
Seven theatres listed

“Tonight” at the Crescent Theatre, Vandalia, is Uncle’s Fortune released, in 1908, by Pathe Freres as La Fortune de l’oncle d’Amerique.

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 available for theatre talks and walks in 2014–historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.



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