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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(August 10, 1907)

O'Grady, Steve
Three vaudeville houses to be in St. Louis next season,   p. 11


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August10,1907.
THE SHOW WORLD
THREE VAUDEVILLE HOUSES TO
BEIN ST. LOUIS NEXT SEASON
Garrick Added to List and Queer Complications Result-In-
teresting Professional Gossip.
BY STEVE
T. LOUIS, July 29.-Three first-
clarts  vaudeville  lrouses-count
 'em-in St. Louis next season!
Whtwill the harves be?
Te announcement of Manager Fisiell
of the Garrick last week to the effect that
the Shubert playhouse voultd be devoted
almost entirely to advanced vaudeville
next season has ended tie mystery that
has shadowed that theater ever since the
imerger, and we all know   the terrible
truth at last.
'Fire Columbia theater, the Koili and
Castle house, has been St. Louis' only
vaudeville theater, with the exception of
Col. Joe Rice's Globe on Franklin ave-
nue. The Globe, however, has its own
particular clientele and "never bothers
nobody no time."
With three first-class vaudeville houses
it will be interesting to watch the result.
The Columbia has been a gold mine. It
has been managed by Frank Tate, who
ias a tinger in the Grand, Imper'al and
Ilavlin's, and has worried along these
irany seasons without a press agent.
With keen competition in the distance,
however, Mr. Tate is in the market for
an exploiter and he probably will corral
a good one.
Some Vaudeville Complications.
It would seem that the arrangements of
the Garrick and tire new American the-
ater will result in some strange situations.
The Garrick is to be booked by the United
States AnIuISCsent Company, the new
American by William Morris. According
to all good  dope  the  United  States
Amusement Company and      Mr. Morris
are about one and the same thing. The
Oppenheimeers, owners of the new Aner-
ica, have an iron-clad contract with
Morrisad thereis ncirdoubt about their
getting the attractions.
Whether St. Louis cars support three
vaudeville houses, even admitting that
all of tiremr will offer tire hsighest class
attractions, is a questior not easily air-
irered. We may find solace in tire old
ain tirat comnpetition is tire life of
trade. In the old days the Standard
theater was tire only burlesque house
and it did a corking business.   Thei
came the split between tie Empire Cir-
Cuit and tire Gus Hill forces and there
was anotier burlesque house added in
St. Louis. There were meny nmisgiv-
irigs as to tire ultimate fate of both
rouses, but it is gratifyingto record now
tirat both the Standard and the Gaiety
have each lid most profitable seasons.
Tiis sarne rule might follow    if St.
l-ouis&were to hfave only two vaudeville
rouses,but with an old one and two new
ones bursting into the season, the bur-
lesque situation can hardly be taken uas
acriterion. Anyhow, let usoall be thank-
ful for one tiring-the Columbia is to
irate apress agent.
The presence of a new leading lady,
Tias Magrene, has given new     life to
tinings generally at West End Heights,
and the business last week was one of
the best of the   season.  The   stock
company opened in Diplomacy last night
to a crowded house end it would seem
as though the little park away out in
fle Woods will have a glorious finish
despite the fact of a rather dismal start.
Cissy Loftis in Last Week.
CissyLoftis began the second and lst
week of her engagement at Suburiben
parklast night, presenting "Mrs. Dane's
Defense."  Cissy  has   made   awfully
good, both in her plays and in the ini-
tions which follow them, and such au-
diences as greeted her have rarely ever
been seen in any St. Louis theater.
Cissy is ambitious to be a great star
in the legitimate and she is a great
actress, but she is something better, in
te opinion of an army of admirers-
tie world's greatest mimic. But Cissy
is tired of imitating others and she is
looking forward with much pleasurable
Hnticipation to her coming season under
Henry  iller's management.
The members of the Suburban Stock
Companyf have had a real inning during
h eLois enegemeltdIn "Miss Hobbs '
A. H,.Van Bure`n, leading man of tire
slocktConPanv did amot excellent work
end hre reb, Ily lies not been seenlto
better Odveaniago at tire SuburbaIn tin]s
ason. Walter Gilbert, crmi       wil
Adair T Wilson H-ummer H-arry Fenwi .c,
JohnttlIe and Florence Fischer have
alduitt i themasi'ives with credit.
Ilannilon ,s  is tie chief offering  at
Len   Miark. while at LeRmp's the
large audMinstrels continue to  attract
aurinees.
Helen Bertram at Suburban.
Announcement has jat been made
tlat Helen Bertram  a St. Louis favor-
wle, Will be tle attraction for tfe last
week of she season at Snburban.   She
Will be Set In that capital coredy of
old, "Jane," in which the lateJostone
Bennett made an enviable recrrd.  Be-
en acts Miss Bertram  will be heard
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in  s'veral popular operatic  numbers.
Odetto Tyler opens at Suburban next
Sunday in   "The Palace of the King.''
IHer engagement is for four week.
Col. 1'. Short, manager of the Olym-
pie aird Ceirtury tiroators. will return
from Ocean drove next week and will
begin preparatiors for the season's open-
ug. Tire Century will open Aug. 24with
''His Horror tire Malryor.'' Tire Olympic
MANry Philadelphians will be glad to
1'iii tire sAmy Lee ias made a hit in
C'hrcago a S a member of Rose Stahl's
Chorus Lady Company. Miss Lee was
for many years a stock favorite here
The Trocadero closed last Saturday
night, after doing a good business all
summer, with the except of Elk week.
It will re-open in the early fall.
The Gayety theater is undergoing ex-
tensive repairs, at a cost, it is stated,
of $60,000. When completed this play-
house will be devoted to the enterprises
of the Columbian Amusement Company.
Hepner, of New   York, will open a
splendidly equipped Ladies' Hair Em-
porium  at 147-149 South Broad street,
aibout Sept. 1. Extensive alterations are
now being made.
Between the ravages of the weather
and the smashing by automobiles and
wagons, it is very doubtful whether the
$50000 Court of Honor. ereected for the
Elks' convention, call be retainetd until
the P. 0. S. of A. arrive in this city
next month, as has been planned. Many
of the "staff' Elks lost their antlers
anti several of the columns have been
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will open a week later in "The Man of
the Hour.''
The Imperial, Havin's and Grand will
open early in August with melodramatic
attractions. All of these theaters are
being repainted and redecorated.
NEW COMPANY FOR
PHILADELPHIA
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1oeu11' onus in this city in early life and
her host of friends mever fail to give
her a rousing welcome whenever she ap-
pears our the local stage.
The daily press has been very gener-
ous in its reception to Carl Pohig, the
new director of the Philadelphia Orches-
tia succeeding Fritz Schleel.
The following well-known players, be-
side Mattie Choate and Ed. Le Saint,
who, as announced in last week's letter.
vill play lends, have been engaged by
Darcy v& Speck for their Standard Thea-
tor Stock Company.    Maude Barberm,
Elinor Cnines. Alice Gilmore, Leila Price,
Al. Henderson, Charles J. Harris, Van
Dyke Brooke and William Touis.
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broken at the base, making them a
menace.
It is rumored that G. A. Wegefarth is
having extensive repairs made to the
Grand Opera House; the high ceilinged
foyer is to be lowered and a large room
made overhead to be used, so the report
states, as a skating rink. Is roller skat-
ing dead?
There was such a record-breaking at-
headanee at Blaney's Monday matinee
tire  Manager Eckrodt sent out for a
photographer and hada aflash light taken
of the house,. How's that for midaum-
meler?
Tihe Bijou closes Aug. 3 for repairs and
Irouse-caning. It re-opens Aug. 19.
Manager Charles Collin, of the Lyric,
visited his home in Worcester, Mass.,
last week, long enough to have a look-in.
It does seem as though the Shubert boys
take their vacations in small and un-
selected chunks.
John Supplee. president of the Bill-
posters' Local No. 4, has just returned
fromt atrip to the Bll RidgeMountains.
Jos. A. FitzEerald has had to comae
back and do is work all over again as
treasurer of Blaney's. That's the kind
of a encore that pays. Max Farbish is
doing a "repeat'' is press agent for the
house.
"Eddie" Buck, member of the B. P.
and the B. P. 0. E.. is beginning to back
a corporation which makes more work
for the tailor; also, lie has been engaged
as publicist for the Lyric and Adelphi.
Not so bad?
Myron B. Rice, for many years asso-
ciated with the late Henry Abbey and
Sir Henry Irving, is about to cross the
pond to become assistant to Fred G.
Nixon-Nirdlinger.  He   will be   head-
quartered at Mr. Nixon's new offices in
the Forrest, when that playhouse is com-
pleted.
If you have time, write Billy Work-
man, of Richmond. and ask him why he
did not attend the Elks' convention.
They do say he was too sea-sick, and
that he will never take to water again.
Sousa succeeds Herbert as the attrac-
tiori atWillow Grove; the date-Aug. 10.
It is rumored that the Garrick will
open Sept. 16, with The Great Mogul.
The Mayor of Laughland has a pros-
pect of a very dry season. What with
Tom Waters, featured, and surrounded
by H. F. Rivers, Comedian Flood and
the Misses Pond and Pool, they have
about corralled all the professional wet
goods on the market. Moreover, Waters
threatens to Spring some new Ripples
and hopes to swim in again on the tidal
wave of success. Also the prospect of
encountering blizzards is removed. Snow
is going west with The Gingerbread Man.
Speaking of H. F. Rivers, he was sum-
moned from rehearsals to New York the
other day and returned to announce a
change in his map to admit of a new
waterway, as yet unnamed, but said to
be of male gender.
Charles -I. Brown. author of Simple
Simon, will go out ahead of Frank Desh-
on, while George Smith will do the trail-
ing.
Bob Watt, who has for many years
covered the Philadelphia territory for an
amusement paper in an admirable man-
ner, has forsaken the pen for the allure-
meats of theatrical management.     He
will be the man on the job with the
eastern Gingerbread Man. Thomas Mc-
Kee will go out in advance to herald
the approach of Watt.
If Mary Emerson submits, Robert Gray
will manage her this coming season. Sam
Lewis will blaze the way.
Joe Gainer, erstwhile at Wilmington,
has made so good that he has been given
charge of the Ohio River towns for N. &
'., These will include Huntington, W.
Va., Ashland, Ky., and tronton. Ohio.
His headquarters will be at Huntington.
The boys of Local No. 4, N. A. B. P.
& B. played ball with the National thea-
ter employees this afternoon.    Harry
Jones proraised to phone in the score to
tis office.  There is either a hitch in
Jones or the score.
Nixon & Zimmer'mann have recently ac-
quired tie Shultz theater at Zanesville,
and tire Mrasonic Opera House at Lewis-
town, Pa. Are there any more left?
Wil1 Robie has been selected as path-
finder for the western Gingerbread Man,
wvhile Charlie Durbin, formerly of the
Girard Avenue theater, will manage.
Tom Waters will be well protected for
the season, with Julius Bookbinder in
front and Howard Glick behind.
E. E. Meredith, the original best fel-
low on earth, now doing press stunts
for tie Iegenback-Wallace. will resume
tleepubliation of B is scintillating sheet-
Tire Missouri Breeze, when he returns to
the task of cutting trail for Simple
Sim on. Varley will follow him  up with
a whole troupe of clevrshowfo k in the
tuneful Sunday Supplement songs how,
The Hanover Hotel, popular with pro-
fessionals. is undergoing extensive re-
pairs. The bar room will be raised to
street level.  Alterations will probably
be complete by Sept. I.
Tre city councils have appropriated
$10,000 to remove the Elk insignias fromn
tie Court of Honor, repair the "staff"
columns and place P. 0. S. of A. decora-
tions thereon.
The ILubin galleries at 912-914 Arch
street were endangered by a fire which
caused $25000 damage in that building
'Iuesday night.
NOVEL KITE ADVERTISING.
The Famous Conyne Device Proving a
Popular Method of Exploitation.
The novel method of advertising by
means of flying kites introduced by
Silas J. Conyne, 401 McLean Ave., Chi-
cago, is fast superseding other systems
of  scientific  exploitation. Flying  far
above the heads of the people, the kites,
attractively displaying  their advertise-
meats, attract widespread attention and
are  proving Iighly  advantageous  to
those employing this m        ethod.
MMr. Conyne uses akite whichcarries
a banner 9x18 feet. 500 feet in the air,
and with a cleverly worded advertise-
rented it makes one of the best pallors
that can he obtained. A feature ofthis
kind of advertising is its inexpensive-
ress. Mr. Conyne sells one of his pat-
ent kites with 1.000 feet of heavy cable
a n    a   large  banner hait  advertisement
printed on it for $15. The outfit can be
used indefirritel y           u
The    business  was  started  by  Mr.
Conynep six yea-rs ago and has grown
so rapidly that ire is preparing to erect
a large factory to handle the trade.
Some idea of tire growirrg popularity of
tire Conyne kites may be had when it
ns known that at first the business paid
about $18 a week, and now the weekly
trade amounts   to  $200 a week.   1T1r.
Conyne also   makes amusement kites.
which dealers are selling at a good
profit.
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