The Film Index, May 27, 1911:
“Reception to Kalem Players”
“One of the pleasant features of the homecoming of the section of the Kalem Stock Company recently engaged in Florida, was a reception to the leading members of the Millard Theatre, Amsterdam avenue and 89th street [NYC], on Friday evening May 12.
“Most of the players were introduced to the audience, among them Sidney Olcott, the director, Miss Gene Gauntier, the leading woman, Miss Ethel Eastcourt, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ridgley, J. P. McGowan and Mr. and Mrs. G. K. Hollister”
“Mr. McGowan delivered a short address in which he urged the merits of the photoplay theatre as an amusement for children and called attention to the moral tones of the Kalem product.
Announcement also made of the projected trip to Ireland, which was received by the audience with appreciation.
Adjournment was made to a nearby hotel where the players were entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Oakes, owners of the theatre.”
Opened in 1908, the Millard was owned and operated by Lee A. Ochs, not Oaks.
Cezar 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