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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 6, 1909)

Exhibitors galvanize association into life,   p. 11

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covember 6, 1909.            THE    SHO
Protective Organization Revives When an Attempt is Made
to Form New One-New Ordinance to be Enforced.
The attempt upon the part of the Na-
tional Independent Moving Picture Alli-
ance, through the efforts of Secretary
William H. Swanson, to form a substan-
tial organization of moving picture ex-
 litors in this city proved a flat failure
a, was demonstrated at the meeting calle'd
Nov. 2, at 2 o'clock at 106 Randolph
street, when but three members of the
new organization, which  had   been
formed two weeks previously, answered
Ithe call of tie president.  Meanwhile,
however, the former organization of ex-
hibitors, known as the Moving Picture
Exhibitors'  Protective  Association,
which was thought to be, and to all
intents and  purposes  was   defunct,
learned of the movement to form a new
rganization and rallied,-either to off-
tet it or strengthen its ranks; probably
the latter, as there were twenty-two
members of it present Tuesday after-
noon as against the three members o f
the new order.  George   J. Gilmore,
president of the new  association, ten-
lered his resignation and acceding to
the overwhelming numbers, stated that
the old association should have the right
of way. Gilmore made other remarks
een more forcible. He wanted to know
what the old association had done for
the benefit of the exhibitors; ie in-
leas to whether the exhnibitors do-
tired to have anything done for their
benefit, and if so, did they know what
was best for them? He paid a glowing
tribute to Secretary Swanson of the
N  I. M. P. A., who was unavoidably
absent, for tine work,-the  thankless
work-h had accomplished forthe ox-
hibiters, calling  particular  attention
toute f acts that were it not for Mr.
ewxansons efforts before the  council-
ntanic committee October 22,  if the of
silstratedsongsi n theatoriums in this
iy would tbe prohibited, and the li-
rane of      $200 ayearwould be payable
ayearin advance, whereas, Mr. Swan-
ton tad arranged with the aldermen
that Illustrated songs could be sung in
houses of the theatorium class without
extra fee, provided that the singer did
notappearon the  stage; that  s, ifdthe
ainer stood up on the floor before the
a tage or sat at the piano, illustrated
tongswould be admissable; he alsoar-
ranged that tine $200 license would be
atceptable in quarterly payments. ef
the ilstrased  song  singers  appear
LCanthestage they will he considered
evadevilme act and tAe house will be
classed as avaudeville house and sub-
ecttothe license ofsuchhouses.
AtthemeetingPresident Friedlander
ofthe oldassociation resigned and Mr.
Le Clair of the Pastime theater was
elected temporary hnead. A meeting Is
lled for nex oTuesday at 106 Randolph
street. It will be aclosed  meeting. It
was decided to raise the dues to $1 a
aonth instead of 50 cents.
IGeorge J.. Gilmore, when interviewed
snid: cIt is very evident to me that
t texhibitors do not realize what they
ore up against. Tine ordinance which
will new be enforced is not entirely
new, but with its somewhat stringent
tdditions, it will be enforced. for the
rltime. I ad hoped that the exist-
ing cat-tinroatism could be forgotten
and that the exhibitors would get to-
gether for their own good, but this
eemo an impossibility. No one seems
to care. But ifan authorized inspector
should hnappen Into their houses one
of these fine days and say: 'Tear that
Wnll ant and Put a new   roof on this
Plnce,, tipsy may Possibly sit up and
take notice. Not that I would have you
believe that I am opposed in anyway to
tihe new ordinance.  I am  heartily in
favor of it, even though it may force
some hardships on me. I will have to
Sadopt the "take-up,' as well as other ex-
hibitors, and the latter thought the law
regarding the take-ttp was dead.   The
now effective ordinance will prove that
it is not. Under the new system there
will be a special fireman at all theaters;
where vaudeville is used. His sole duty
will be that of fireman and he will be
Paid by thehouse. There will also be
a fireguard in all houses, who may al-
ternate his duties in that regard with
that of usher, door tender or other
dignitary but he must see that the
exits and fire apparatus are In work-
Ing order.  The special fireman    will
make outa ni htly report and subject
it to the firehouse in the district and
trictCaptain or Lieutenant of each dis-
trict o  evisit eacn house In the dis-
titn each night,  While there has
been some objection upon the part of
certain vaudeville theaters to employ
ai in form  the special fireman, they
Will find thatlaw  Is lawand that there
tono10getting away fro It."
Text of Ordinance.
Thenew ordinance and the letter ac-
comnpanyingit, Is asfollows:
Dpartment of Electricity,
Chicago, Nov. 1, 1909.
Bertha Creighton the Leading Woman With Company in Salt
Lake Wants Money to Cover'Damages.
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 1.-Bertha
Creighton, engaged as leading woman
for the Arington Stock company, which
recently terminated its engagement at
the  Bungalow, has    instituted  suit
against Walter Arington, manager of
the company, for $625, which she al-
leges is due her as salary for the next
five weeks at $125 per week, and $54
railway fare to New York.
Following a disagreement between
Miss Creighton and Mr. Arington, the
latter discharged her, declaring that she
could never appear again in one of his
houses. She claims to have been wrong-
fully discharged, and asiks damages as
above. Mr. Arington claims that Miss
Creighton did not dress her parts, and
that her work was unsatisfactory.-
Lulu Glaser Abandons Tour.
Philadelphia, Nov. 4.-The tour of
Lulu Glaser in 'The Girl from tine
States," has been indefinitely postponed
on account of her illness. From day
to day Miss Glaser's physician hoped
that she would rally sufficiently to re-
sume her performances at the Adelphi
theater, but he announced that she was
making such slow progress toward re-
covery that he would advise her to
abandon her tour for the present.
Arline Bien Gets Divorce.
Mrs. Arline Bien, daughter of Ferdi-
nand W. Peck, has been granted a
divorcefromherhutsband,Robert Taylor
ien, known on the stage as Robert
Warwick, formerly leadiing noan for
Mary Mannering. Mrs. Lien was given
a deerree by default. Alimony of $3,000
a year was awarded her, and she was
given tne- custody of the daughter,
Rosalind, 6 years old.
Desertion was the ground given in
To Manager or Owner of Theater:
In accordance with a recent opinion of
the corporation counsel, the enforcement
of the city ordinance governing the
construction and operation of moving
picture machines has been placed with
this department.
I am sending you inclosed a copy of
the city ordinance covering this subject,
and I wish to notify you that all ap-
pliances and devices used in your
theater for the display of moving pic-
tures must be placed in strict com-
pliance therewith.
It is the intention of this department
to reinspect all theaters using moving
picture apparatus once a month, or as
frequently as may be found necessary,
to see that this apparatus is maintained
in a standard condition, and that the
city ordinance is properly observed.
You will, therefore, have all appara-
tus in your premises made standard as
specified in theinclosed ordinancew ith-
in ten (10) days.
Yours respectfully,
Wm. Carroll,
City Electrician.
1ST, 1909.
Paragraph 65 A. Moving Picture Ma-
chines. (a) Arc lamp used as a part
of Reoving picture machines must be
constructed as provided for arc lamps
of theaters in Paragraph 31 L of this
ordinance (see below), and wiring Of
the same must not be of less capacity
than No. six (6) Brown Sharpe gage.
(b) Rheostats must conform torheo-
stat requirements for theater arcs as
provided in Paragraph 31 Lof this ordi-
nance (see below).
Provided, however, that in moving
picture machines the diteance of the
rhneostat from the floor, wall or walls,
or any combustible material must not
be less tnhan twelve (12) inches, and
that said rheostat must be placed on
iron pedestals securely screwed to th e
floorand must beproperly encased and
protected by      galvanized ironcase.
(c)  Top reel must be encased in a
steel box with hole at the bottom only
large enough for film to pass through,
and cover so arranged that thinis hole
can be instantly closed.  The use of
solder is prohibited in the construction
ofthis box.
(d) Movingpicture machinesand de-
vices must be equipped with an auto-
matic take-up with an adjustable roll
and said take-up and magazine and the
doors and openings thereto must be
kept closed while said machine Is in
operation, and the same mustbeequip-
ped with an automatic fire shut-off
wital upper and lowerfireguards.
(e) The usandle or cran used in
operating the machine must be secured
to tine spindle or shaft, so that there
will be no   lbility of Its coming off
and allowing the film to stop in front
of lamp.
(f) Tine said moving picture devices
and macnines must be equipped with an
automatic light shutter.
(g)  Extra films must be kept in a
metal box with tight-fitting cover.
(h)  The use of motors for the op-
eration of moving picture machines is
(i)  Moving   picture machines in-
Chicado, U. S. A.
THE SHOW WORLD is desirous of securing representatives in every
section of the United States and Canada, and to that end correspondence is
invited from young men of good personal address in all communities not yet
covered by this journal. We want enrgetic, wide awake correspondents
of business ability who will, acting as absolutely impartial observers of
events, provide us with the latest and most reliable NEWS of happenings in
For full particulars address, Correspondence Editor of THE SHOW
WORLD, Chicago.
This Week's News This Week-on the News Stands Every Saturday.
the divorce petition filed July 9 by Mrs.
Bien. It was not contested, and the
husband was not represented in court
at the hearing before Judge Petit.
The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Bien
followed a romance in the musical and
dramatic centers of Europe. Both were
pupils in the studio of Soriglia, the
singer, in Paris. There Bien wooed the
girl who was to become his wife, who
said she preferred a plain American
man to the titled Europeans that her
wealth and position brought about her.
Winch Goes to Texas.
SALT LAKE, Nov. 1.-Will R. Winch,
formerly manager of the Orpheum in
this city, and later transferred to the
Ogden and Logan houses, has tendered
lis resignation to J. Howard Garrett,
secretary of the Orpheum company. Mr.
Winchn has obtained an interest in a
motion picture house in El Paso, and
upon the appointment of his successor,
lie will leave for that city to take
charge of the same. Mr. Winch was
formerly manager of the Orpieum in
El Paso, and last summer he managed
the Hippodrome and     concessions at
Saltair Beach.  He also superintended
tine altering of the great saucer cycle
track at Satar, which wastransformed
into a complete theater in eight days.-
Preacher Arouses Anger.
ST. PAUL, Nov. 1.-The     publisned
statement of the Rev. Harold Pattison,
pastor of the First Baptist churchn of
this city, that, according to his infor-
mation, nine-tenths of the people on
the s tage are morally bad, has roused
a storm of protest from theatrical folk.
where standard insulating material is
(b) Arc lamps must be sustantially
constructed, and so designed as to pro-
vide for proper ventilation, and to pre-
vent sparks being emitted from lamps
when same are in operation. Mica must
be used for frame insulation.
(c) Carbon holders must be provided
with stops or some other suitable de-
vice, installed so that carbons or car-
bon holders cannot be brought Into
contact with the metal frame of lamp.
(d) When front opening is used on
flood lamps, same must be provided with
a self-closing hinged door in which
wire gauze or glass must be inserted,
color holder to be a part of this door;
provided, however, on lens lamps where
the front is stationary a solid door must
be provided on side or back. Doors
must be self-closing and must be 15tro-
vided with a rabbet, a substantial catch
must be provided for each door to keep
door closed when lamp is operating.
(e) Arc lamps must be provided with
a one-sixteenth (1-16) inch iron or steel
guard having a mesh not larger than
one (1) inch, and be substantially placed
over top and upper half of sides, and
back of lamp frame; this guard to be
substantially riveted to frame of lamp,
and to be placed at a distance of not
less than two (2) inches from lamp
frame; provided, however, that on lamps
having a double frame with an air space
between metals the foregoing guard
will not be required.
(f) Switch enclosure must be so ar-
ranged that accidental contact cannot
be made with the live parts of the
(g)  Stranded connections in lamp
and at switch and rheostat must be pro-
vided with standard lugs.
(h)   Rheostat, when   mounted   on
standard, must be raised to a height of
not less than three (3) inches above
floor, and must be provided with a sub-
stantial metal guard firmly attached to
rheostat frame and kept not less than
one (1) inch from any current carry-
ing part of rheostat. This guard must
allow of proper ventilation and must
entirely enclose all live parts. All live
parts of rheostat must be insulated
from  rheostat frame. When rheostat
is not mounted on standard it must
comply with the above specifications,
and mast behso installed asnot tocome
in close proximity to any Inflammable
material unless separated therefrom by
some standard non-combustible ma-
( )  A competent operator must be
kept in charge of each lamp during the
entire time that such lamp Is in use
or connected to a live circuit.
(j) Not more than one (1) lamp will
bepermitted to be supported on the one
(1) standard.
(k) When the conditions of this sec-
tion have been complied with it shall be
the duty of the City Electrician to
stamp such arc lamp or lamps "1AP-
PROVED," and no such arc lamp or
lamps shall be operated without such
stalled in any assembly hall, whether
such hall is used for the purpose of
worship, instruction or entertainment,
must be placed in an enclosure or house
made of suitable fire-proof material, and
be thoroughly ventilated and large
enough for operator to walk freely on
either side of or back of machine.
All openings into this booth must be
arranged so as to be entirely closed
by doors or shutters constructed of the
same or equally good fire-resisting ma-
terial as the booth itself. Doors or
covers must be arranged so as to be
held normally closed by spring hinges
or equivalent devices.
(j) Smoking is prohibited within the
inclosure in which the moving picture
machine is operated.
(k) The use of any fire or open light
is prohibited in the lamp room during
the time the audience is in the building.
(1) No person but the operator in
charge of the moving picture machine
shall be allowed in the lamp room dur-
ing the time the picture machine is in
(m)   The lamp room must contain
nothing but the moving picture machine
and necessary accessories, and the room
must be kept clean at all times.
(n)  The operator in charge of the
moving picture machine must, before
every performance, carefully examine
the machine and its devices and ascer-
tain if the same comply with the rules
and ordinances, and that the said ma-
chine is in a safe condition to operate.
Paragraph 31 L. Portable Equipments
-Arc Lamps. (a) Arc lamps must be
constructed entirely of metal except
si. ioi
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