Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 7, 1908)
Games of graft, p. 5
New York, Oct. 31. Thinly veiled stories puhished in Tihe Miiig Telegraph this wei rega.sltto tih alit collusion between a liunthe thetiltii iducing managers atlcd ite Ct-rate ticket sellers have catused o it of oninent in theatrical crcls totie H'eutiold Wolf, the writer of thi itoil es in lutiointboldly states tht it is lse ticeatthis flmito teli' e e,1Ocut- of ticlets and deliver then to the spec- I t~ts ,tt its l sti nll thei box lrs at rates as low as t er office price it a most systei tic cltiner ,od that, back of the apparet efot t gut ite patronage oflthe iecultie ele- iteit, there is a well detoied silyite to tfraud those whIto are tem t tral tction -sed with this firm it n ti attiaction through llesing one of its houses. The method Wiicit is attlibuted to the nttiseti h'l iOtis oin this iay ohen edor"tuili t0 g " mai lets s otto of the hourses of this fitto large isci-istmer of tIets are divered ftout ile iix offtce alint so muked to appear that thes have t ortareto be used to pay for ader- tiii ileges tt n tio cf being s disiifleiittt a 1etsteseistatlsci ofi tce itits sells them to the cut-rate iicchants tither in cigar stores or on the sidewallt t prices running is lois as 75 cents for Iuietissvalutdat $20techs When these Ciils t5 iautrned it the tenotc ot in the rceipts of the house, but ate charged I to aertising, and are this a dead loss to the manaer of the attraction w-hlih is ocerslyili" the liouse, antd tlie iesocupbred s theirsale gos directly ito the pocket of the firm that ownts the lic5155. Wolf Asserts Proof. In his story Mr. Wolf asserts that repu- talble managers have supplied him with incontrovertible evidence of tis species le tickets sculation ott the part of tse iliiluciitl firm at wischi lie Isists, bt tdoes inot name. A gentleman in position to know of the circumsstances mentioned itformed THE SHOW WORLD repre- s-ntative that the accused firm was in- terested in the maintenance of ans office ton Vest 42d street, near Sevesth avenue , - nd fairly in the shadow of the New A1isterdams theater, where it kept the tickets intended to be sold to cut-rate dealers and speculators, and where that I lss of merchants went for their daily suipply. Another topic, no less interesting than the ticket selling question, was the nu- i ilicement that the firu of Shutert Biothers had withdrawn from the Na- tional Association of Theatrical Proclue- ing Mangsers, because certain cases pie- sented by them to that association for tibitration had not been considered air'3 decisiolis 'rdered. There ,abet said to be Otler and more potent reasons for this rsignaltion, bilt those interested will not vitit the details to becoit public it this irititig-HOFF. KOLB AND DILL GET ROUSING RECEPTION. Frisco Accords Warm Welcome to Favor- ite Comedians at Opening of Season. A reception which will live it the imm- olies Of the fvote coledians . lessrs. to,'li ad Dill, till the last lays of their i-istence was the ote iecorded themir ont the opening of their season at the Prin- oss theater last 'onday eening. it g sa 40lanit; floral iies, speeches by all members of Site company; at aud- isnce composed of the best theater-loving peoople it the city, and admireis of Kolb and Dill in the old lays when tiey played for years at Fischer's theater. The aud- ience could not get enough, and the per- fliance 'was not out till nearly 12:30. The new vehicle, Playing the Ponies. gives them sufficient opportunities, and It is aboutt as good a show as they have had fin the past, few se-isons, possibly with the exception of their last effort, Lonesome Town. K-olb and Dill are blooked at the Prin- coss for some weeks to come, the man- agemsenit having disbanded the regular stock opera copitlany at that house.- iiVINtG M. WILSON. Dallas, Tex., Nov. 3. Sullivan & Considine are to open a brnch office in this city on or about Nov. 19, on which date there will be a neeting of managers here for the pur- pose of forming a circuit to connect with the present northwestern S. & C. cir- cuit, which extends from Seattle to Kan- sas, and with the Southern Advanced Vaudeville Association circuit, which comprises about thirty-five houses south of Ohio and east of the Mississippi river. In the notification sent to various ran- agers of this and adjacent states, the fol- lowingstatements appear: "You probably aie aware that we are Ite largest bookcing agency in the United States handling popular priced vaudeville, GAMES OF GRAFT. THE SHOW WORLD Invites All Members of the Profession of Entertainment to Contribute to This Columin-An Accepted Article Entitles thre Writer to a Six Months' Subscription to THE SHOW WORLD and Permanent Membership in THE SOCIETY OF THE STUNG. GAME NUMBER SEVEN. The Mail List Loot, while nct an overly exciting game, has been found by some small town manlagersto 1e2a most remunerative one. Mr. Manager informs Mr. Agent that he has a mailing list of five hundred names, which is a very fine thing to use for booklets and high-class announcements-rluiting two-cent stamps. Also it costs ahout, 4.00 toihave the list addressed, bitthie, thleliberal House Manaecr, is willing to split the gross. Then Ie Who Is Willing, some- times collects $7.00 from the show manager, but the nex-t agent who comes along discovers apilecofuinalIdhooklers i thiemarngeriloffice. The agent, who makes this discovery is entitled to namie somnebody for a whole lot of miembership.-B. T. R CALVIN BROWN SIGNS FRENCH EXPOSITION American Showman Will Control All Amusements at Nancy-Ready for Negotiations With Concessionaires Next May. Paris, France, Nov. 1. ohin Calvin Brown and his assistant, Athur Ellis, have just silned all the papoel-s that purts under the control of the ftitter all the aiusiments at the Greait Eaistern Frianc Exposition, to be held ilt Nanscy, Ft-ince, frontm May till Novem- 1ber of next y(ar. Mir. Brownt is popared to negotiate with Ametican showmen or owners of amiuseient Gcviics, etc., for Sp1ices at the exposition, and I can be iddressesd at the Wiite City in -Man- chester. This -xlosiltion offers a splendid opportunity to ownur ant mainages of park attraictions to put their planits in a good 1pinc 'to attract Europea'n capital to eiploit thei. rho mtine is true to an even greater deg'ee of Site White City in Manchester, which Mr. Brown will irake greater and grander next season than ever before, Is and will run it for a sngei period, Opening the season at Iaster and keeping open till October. Etglis capital isants to invest in park attractions, but they seem to all coee fioo Misiri aIn I want to be shown. They are not satisfied with reports, they wnit ocular demonstration and Vhite Citv offers a place to amusement caterers ivho waont to interest capital. As soon as the Scenic Railway or the Figure 8 were eccted and demonstrated its popularity, nicney was forced on the projectors. The samie is true of the Water Chutes; of the Katzenjammer Castles and a dozen other devices and the money is here for the fI-llow who cats "siow thems."-F. A. S. with offices in New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Denver. The above offices are now booking nearly two hundred theaters extending from coast to coast and from the gulf to Winnipeg. Our original office was opened six years ago at Seattle to book three small thea- ters we had in that vicinity at that time. Is there any other booking office in the United States that has brought as great a success to Managers? "The S. A. V. A. was organized last February and consisted of six small thea- ters using two acts each. They are at the present time using four to six acts and are playing a feature act each week costing tnore money than their entire show did when they opened. Five of them have rebuilt to increase their seat- ing capacity from about two hundred to six hundred fifty and eleven hundred. oIS.&eC. will give abookingfranchiseto only one theater in cacti citystnd would advise that you file your application early. Weo propose sending into your locality nothing but the regular S. & C. acts, Such as what are playing continuously on our cituit. This will insire you the hetter class of performers that will please your patrons and give you and maintain a profitable business. "Instead of booking as you now are, independently, or through the smaller agcnts, and uising a class of acts, such as are usually found in a new and un- developed territory like yours, which are not sufficiently entertaining to develop the opportunities that vaudeville may have, I propose sending yout a standard class of acts at no increase in salaries. "If interested, will be pleased to hear from you at yotr earliest convenience and have you attend the meeting. "Yours very truly," The letter is unsigned, but is mimeo- graphed upon the letter tead of F. Lin- coln, general manager of the S. &C. cir- cuit with offices at Chicago.-ABBOTT. KANSAS CITY ORPHEUM DELAYED FOR PRESENT. Kansas City, Nov. 1. 'We never build theaters on paper. When we do get ready to build we will make the announcement and that an- nouncement may be depended upon." Morris Meyerfield, president of the Or- pheum circuit of theaters, made the state- ment yesterday afternoon wien the mat- to of a new Orphectm theater here was Ioached. Mr. Mevetfield and Martin -eck. genrtal manager of the Orpheum ireuit, were here yesterday in the course of aninsuection of all the theaters around the circuit They spent the day here and 1st nit Mr. Meyerfiold said that it was 1ossible that they might remain over to- day. The question of a new Orphetrn house for Kansas City, while not uppermost in the minds of Mr. Mieerfield and Mr. Lec, is nevertheless being seriously con- ,sidered by them. Thile lere yesterday they visited several sites which have been suggested to thett but they have not yet definitely decided upon any one. "WTe have a new theater in course of construction at San Francisco," Mr. Meyerfield said yesterday afternoon. "It it very likely that we will be fully em- plaeyed with that work until the first of March at least. This building is costing is a cool $1000,000 and until we have that cempleted twe will not attempt any new wor-. TV. R. DRAPER. DUBLIN VAUDEVILLE NEW THOS. W. RILEY DOES GREAT BUSINESS PLAY IN REHEARSAL Houses Are Sold Out Nightly-Prices From Six Cents Up-High Class Queen of the Moulin Rouge Said to Be Dramatization of Crisis in Theaters Successful With Meritorious Shows. Balkans. Dublin, Ireland, Oct. 24. A small ''bunch" of Aeicaitins are as- sulleI in Dublin, after inttkling a most enjoyable trip covein-- ail of' the south of this over-groei isle. We have been talngo inite theters ant reill it i15 surprising to see the excellent business being done ott all sides. The vaudeville houses are sold out ntightly and both pre- sllt in splendid bills. The prices at one It up to 75 cents for the best seats, wiile the gallery is sold at 6 cents a 0et. I1h Other has its best seats at a gutiter an1d its claspest at 4 cents, but it "ives two shows nightly and is always pacled to the doors, so that it 1akes money. Ihe re gular high-class houses ire 'plendidly patronized Iy as fine audiences ", could be found ini aty city in the world. \t the Gaiet this week is Somer- Set Miaiughan's Mrs Dot, and at the Royal i Arthlusr Bourchier and Itreie Van rough11 in The TXalls of Jericho. Both plars are beyond reproact and both com- i11nie are siil splendid it every part. Ilthe best of acting is seen at both houses and the people patronize handsomcely. There are two moving picture houses with a "soupcon" of variet, both doing i-Icndidly twice each night. Then there is the Niational Itheater, where onl Irish1 pl1ys by Irish authors or classics trans- Itit-d hy local celebrities are seen. The cnipany is all Irish and mostly bad. Ie plays this week are The Man IVso Missed the Tide and a farce called The Jackdaw. Both pieces were the iso-k of in'xperience, but were lotdly apilauded 1v the audiences, composed of the local utlotatte You recall the Irish ioet. TV. B. Yeats. who lectured in America last year -aid who was interested in the Irish piayers taken over there. Well, lie is one of the "big bugs" at the National theuter, land while in dress and appear- ince lie recall the late Oscar tilde, ie has not the style of "Ockie." Hte is democratic to a degree anti visits and talks to people in all parts of the theater. LIady Gregory, who is financially iter- ested in the theater, has some talent as an authoress snd has published several books. The .Tackdv was from her pen and gave signs of talent in the ,author, which may result in the writing of a good play some day.-EFFAYESS. New York, Oct. 29. Rohearsals arme now in progress for Thomas XV. Ryloy's nes ntsical piece, The Queen of the Moulin Rouge. This is said to lie a dramatization of the present crisis in the Balkans. The book it by Paul Potter, the lyrics by Vincent Bryan and the music by John T. Hall. The piece is it two acts and five scenes and will le goregously costumed and stalged, it being Mt Ryley's purpose to excel Isis efforts in Florodora in the hne of costuming and in his collection of prctty girls for the choruses. The plot has to do with Prince Sergius of Orcania, who declares his independence of Turkish rule and proclaims himself king, at the same time announcing that lit will abdicate in favor of his young nepihew, Prince SacIa, for whom ie has selected a bride in the Princess Merotz. An intrigue to tempt the young Prince to compromise himself with w'omen of the dcil-ionde of Paris, where he, in train- ing for his ftiutre position of ruler, is started by General Bonnivard. This be- comies known to Sergiss, who at once starts a counter campaign of protection and, under various disguises, follows and ftils the plotters. Mtuch interest in the new piece is con- tribIted by the fact that it is the first work of Paul Potter's that has been of- fored in some tie. Mr. Potter's last efftrI in musical comedy was The School Girl, in which Edna May was starred. His first piece was a musical farce en- titled The City Directory. As a song writer Mr. Bryant has Tammany to his credit and the compositions of Mr. Hall, tVilbelimina, and The Wedding of the Vinds, Iave gained him some popularity. Will K. Semple is doing the press -work for Mr. Ryley and is grabbing an abund- ance of sptce it the daily papers on the Strong competition that is supposed to e going on in the show girl market be- twseen Ziegfeld, who is supposed to have first claim of the services of all the best looking girls, and Mr. Ryley, who wants suomething like eighty of them for this piece. The opening date has not been set. November 7, 1908. THE SHOW WORLD NEW YORK MANAGERS CONSIDINE INTERESTS SPECULATE IN TICKETS TO INVADE SOUTHWEST Writer Accuses Producing Firm of Selling Coupons to Brokers- Graft Texas and Adjacent State Managers Notified That Branch Office Will Method Described. Be Opened at Dallas-Advantages of Membership Set Forth.