Princess Theatre, Chatham Ontario

The Film Index, May 20, 1911:

index may 20, 1911

“The accompanying illustration shows one of the classiest theatre fronts in Western Ontario. The Princess is owned and operated by Richard and George Zakoor, and has a seating capacity for 520 persons.

“It has a stage of generous dimensions and the pictures are produced through the medium of an Edison machine and a mirror screen. The theatre has recently been remodelled to meet all the new provincial statutory requirements.

“It has three changes of programs a week, using licensed films exclusively. The Zakoor brothers claim that their patrons will stand all the comedy pictures they can secure and that there could be more of a slapstick variety run with a profit.

“‘Make them laugh,’ says manager Dick Zakoor, ‘and they’ll come back and laugh again.The only complaint we have to make is that we can’t get comedy enough. We find that our patrons want at least two comedy reels a performance.’ ”

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walking tours in 2016: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Details on independent walks will be posted in the New Year.

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