Gane’s Manhattan Theatre

The Film Index, February 5, 1910:

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“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.”

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Kalem Night at the Millard

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”

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“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.

Jane’s History Nook

Blazing the Trail to Ireland

Kalem Comes to Jacksonville

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La Corona Theatre, Corona, California

The Film Index, August 20, 1910:

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La Corona Theatre
E. L. Sparr, manager and proprietor

“This picture theatre is one of the best in California. It seats 350, and is equipped with a Standard A Picture Machine and a Hallberg  Economizer.”

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Captured on East 14th Street

Moving Picture World, September 23, 1910:

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“The Comedy is one of the most successful picture houses in New York. It is operated on a continuous policy, two projecting machines being used, thus doing away with waits or delays.

“The only feature about the theatre which we could  not commend  was the excessive poster display in the lobby and around the front. Manager Kauffman agrees this did not add to the beauty of his house and he would willingly dispense with this method of advertising if he was sure his business would not suffer, but he felt that his receipts were at least thirty-five per cent due to banners and posters.

“We presume this is his reason for the exaggerated showing of supposed scenes from the films, yet we believe the business would not suffer were artistic signs and banners used in smaller numbers.” 

 

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Moving Picture World, September 10, 1910

Captured by Wireless

Comedy Theatre
45 East 14th Street
New York, NY

 

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Bijou Theatre, 38 East 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

J. M. B., Moving Picture World, August 13, 1910:

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“The marble ticket office in front of the Bijou, Cincinnati, is of simple but rich design, with  fancy brass grille work and surmounted by a dome of fine open metal work. The balcony, with its green (natural) plants and flowers in bloom, calls for much admiration and gives an atmosphere of freshness to the place.

Here again I  noted a total absence of ugly loose posters. The posters are framed, even the advance poster of the ‘Roosevelt’s Return‘ film is framed and placed on a neat easel.” 

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“Bijou Theater, Cincinnati, at night” 

 

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Flying “A” in Poole

Moving Picture World, September 21, 1912:
“S. S. Hutchinson, president of The American Film Mfg. Co., who has just returned from Europe, tells some interesting things of theater advertising in England.”

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“‘I found many theaters in the heart of London advertising Flying A days,’ said Mr. Hutchinson. ‘The custom is spreading fast and seems to be highly successful.  Theaters are more pretentiously decorated and generally show more attention to details in that manner than we do here. In addition to the usual posters are many colored banners and flags all combining to make a most inviting bid for business.”

Poole Electric Theatre

Poole High Street Project 

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The Short, Happy Life of Flying A 

Former Flying A Studios

 

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Clune’s Broadway Theatre, 528 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

New York Dramatic Mirror, November 9, 1910:
“Clune’s new picture house, Los Angeles, Cal., seating 900 people and costing over $50,000, was opened to the public at 10, 15 and 20 cent prices Oct. 10.
“Mr. Clune runs two shows in the afternoons and two in the evenings; five films and four singers, together with a ten-piece orchestra, furnish the balance of the programme.
“Around the walls of this spacious theatre are electric chimes and bells, and the decorations are dainty and tastefully carried out. The immense electric sign on the roof outside cost $3,500 and is conceded to be the largest and most beautiful west of New York.
“The completion of the house gives the Clune Amusement Company two large houses in this city, one in San Diego, and a house seating 1,400 people being erected in Pasadena and which will be thrown open about the middle of November. Negotiations are being entered into for houses for this company in both Phoenix, Ariz., and Salt Lake City,U.”

The painting on the curtain is of the harbor at Avalon, Catalina Island.

Two other early trade publications offer conflicting opening dates:

The New York Clipper, November 5, 1910:
“The opening of Clune’s Broadway Theatre, last week, added a most attractive moving picture show house to the many now established in Los Angeles, CA. It has a seating capacity of nine hundred and is strictly up-to-date. Manager Wm. H. Clune is now operating three first class places in this city.”

Moving Picture World, November 12, 1910:
“The latest and most beautiful moving picture theater has been completed and will open in a day or two. The situation of this new enterprise is on South Broadway, just north of Mercantile place and will be known as the Clune Theater.”

Deadlines and publication dates may have contributed to this confusion.

When Clune’s closed as the Cameo in 1991 it was the longest continually operating movie theatre in California.

Clune’s Broadway

Los Angeles Conservancy

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Liberty Theatre, 266 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA

Seating Capacity: 540
Architect: A. C. Martin
Construction: P. J. Bolin
Proprietors: Kaiser, Sturm, & Hughes 
 
 

Excerpts from Moving Picture World, April 1, 1911:
“The ‘Liberty’ is one of the city’s eight first-class moving picture theaters. The selection of the theater site was chosen with exceptionally good judgement. The theater is located in the heart of the business district at 266-68  South Main Street, at the intersection of Third and Main Streets.”

“The front facade is of stucco and plaster-covered brick, the paneling and cornices outlined in small electric lights at night. The gold leaf statue crowning the cornice is ten feet in height, and, symbolizing liberty, holds aloft an electric torch. At the base of the statue in a laurel leaf gilded shield is the date of erection, 1910. Below this, on the crown of the shell-shaped lobby ceiling, is a second shield in gold leaf with the theater name ‘Liberty.’

“The floor of the lobby is of white tile, inlaid with a series of swastika design borders in green tile. The side walls of the lobby are wainscoted in white Italian marble to a height of eight feet, crowning which is a twelve-inch moulded cap of mahogany. The entrance doors are of mahogany, their bases trimmed in brass, and their upper panels of plate glass.

“The box office is roomy. It is also wainscoted in marble, the woodwork of the upper part  being in mahogany and the windows of plate glass.

“The brick wall of the lobby contains a beautiful leaded art glass window, semi-circular in shape, with a landscape design of beautiful coloring, especially so when seen illuminated at night. Bordering the design are the words ‘Continuous Performance.’ Radiating from the art glass window, which forms the nucleus of the shell, are a series of stucco shell ribs, each containing fifteen clear-globed eight-candlepower lights.”

“The inner lobby leading to the auditorium is 15×20 feet in size. The floor is of white tile, with six inch baseboard of marble. The lobby is paneled in oak to a height of 30 inches, above which it is covered with an imitation leather fabric.”

“Opening off the lobby are retiring rooms for both men and women, the rooms also being finished in tile and marble. A narrow stairway opening off the lobby leads to the office, operators booth and organ loft.

“The operators booth is roomy and is equipped with the latest apparatus, including two Edengraph projectoscopes and a stereopticon. To the right of the operator’s balcony is the organ loft, containing a large pipe organ, a valuable addition to the orchestra in accompanying religious and special films.”

“The [auditorium] seats are of wood with iron standards. The side walls of the auditorium are paneled to a height of three feet in oak, above which are a series of five landscape paintings on each side, the borders of which are outlined with stenciled designs of a darker shade than the light green color scheme of the side walls.

“The height of the auditorium is twenty-four feet, and the stage is sixteen feet square. Facing the stage on each side are singing booths. The auditorium is illuminated by ceiling lights and ten pairs of art glass side lights of tulip design with green globes. The ceiling is of white plaster with cream trim, and from it are suspended five electric fans.

“The theatre is showing four first-run licensed films, and one illustrated song, except on Saturdays and Sundays, when two songs are used.

“The theater employs ten people. Girl ushers look after the seating arrangements. Five cents admission is charged to all parts of the house.”

“The theatre was completed early in the year and has played to good business ever since.”

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Star Theatre, 50 Scollay Square, Boston, MA

Moving Picture Word, May 27, 1911:

“The Star was started August 1, 1907, and was completed and ready for the public by November 1, 1907. It has a frontage of thirty feet and a gross depth of nearly one hundred and twenty feet. The architecture of the house is unique, and calculated to catch and hold the attention of the passer-by, as can readily be understood from the photographs.” 

“The Star is the best fitted house in New England in electrical display, not barring any legitimate theater. The figures in the lobby were made after designs originated by the president of the Star Amusement Company.

Each are strongly favorable points for the Star. The three doors shown by the photographs are all wide exits, while the one to the right is also the regular means of entrance. The middle door is also used as an advertising medium, and is a work of art, made of mahogany with gold and inlaid handwork.

The admission fee is a flat rate of 10 cents, at any time of the day, with no rain-checks” of any sort. Four hundred and fifty-three (453) is the seating capacity, with a single aisle.”

“The house has twenty-six employees, running from a general manager and a house manager, to porters and ushers. Four reels of absolute first choice of Licensed pictures, and four acts of vaudeville comprise an excellent bill. The house projects what many in the trade consider to best picture in New England.

“A neat, clean house, courteous, uniformed ushers, with an excellent show and management make the Star’s success.”

A Lad from Old Ireland

The Cowboys and the Bachelor Girls 

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Whoopee Ti Yi Yo London

The Film Index, April 1, 1911:

“That the English photoplay lovers are particularly fond of the wild-west drama is illustrated in the acompanying photograph of the extensive advertising by the Empire Theater, a large photoplayhouse in  London, of the Essanay Western drama, ‘The Girl on Triple X.’

“‘The Indian Head’ films in London are always favorites with the English audiences, for the remarkable beauty of the scenery and the excellence of stories, acting and photography.

“Mr. Harry Spoor, the London Agent for the Essanay Productions, has been unusually successful in the English market and particularly so with the Essanay Company’s Western product.” “

The Girl on Triple X

 

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