The Film Index, May 21, 1910:
“Theato, Chattanooga, Tenn.–Howel Graham, Manager”
“This high-class picture theatre has been running under its present management for the past four years.
“It is peculiar on account of the location of the operating booth, which is swung from the ceiling, in the centre of the building, dropping down four feet and extending six feet into the floor above. An air shaft twenty-four inches in diameter runs from the booth to the roof, giving ample ventilation and carrying out the smoke and fumes in the event of fire and prevent it communicating with the auditorium.
“To meet the unusual angle of projection the sheet is hung on an easel-like frame, which is tilted so that the image is not distorted. Two projecting machines and two operators are employed, giving a continuous picture.
“No vaudeville has ever been giving at the theatre.”
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.
The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.
Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition