The Film Index, February 5, 1910:
“Mr. William Gane, General Manager of the Moving Pictures Company of America, proprietor of this house, is shown standing at the right of the entrance. William Wright of Kalem Co., stands at the extreme left of the picture.”
Photos of the Kalem Stock Company are on display. The stage attraction is Ala Rajah, “wizard of Sahara–he is not only mystifying he is really startling.”
The Film Index, January 22, 1910:
“Since its opening on September 13, 1909, Gane’s Manhattan Theatre at Broadway and 31st street, has been playing to its full capacity, and at times it is necessary to turn many away, especially in the evening, because of the lack of room.
“Yet the theatre is a very large and very modern one. Three stories of a big office building were torn out and remodeled. The back of the orchestra is on a level with the street and gradually slopes down to the basement of the building.
“The balcony occupies what was the second and third stories. Boxes are on either side of the orchestra. A large well-equipped stage affords room for any kind of vaudeville act. The house is artistically decorated and handsomely carpeted throughout. It is owned by the Moving Picture Company of America, of which Mr. Gane’s is the general manager.”
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