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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(October 24, 1908)

Box office bluffs: their use and abuse,   p. 7


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October 24, 1908.
THE SHOW WORLD
NEW CHICAGO RINK.
Old Seventh Re iment Armry on Mich-
igan Avenue Opened to Colored
Folks Only.
le negro po plation of Chicago ilow
it a )oler skati rink of its own and
II  t is imne~ly popular -with thle colored
1lks for tle old Seventh Itogiment Ar
lit leer1T ilitlligil aveolle, which is the
lime Iof the new link, hls been crowded
to the doors ever since it opened Mon-
ay night,
01i  John E. KXen Ls the general manager
ef the ventur and lie Says that the only
iift ]he finds With the old armory is
that tile flor space isn't large enllough
t alccommailt those who want to whirl
Iriund on 110 Iooth surface. MamIger
Keen has a stock of 1500 pairs of box-
woo r  y(O oller skates  from  the  Chicago
RolIer Slate Co., and each evenhig ev-
hry p   ir   been used.
In tile center of the hall the Eighth
R 11mhd is located. The attend-
ats rIle ole of the features. Of cours(
tl1y :I ingroes. Their uniforms are of
brilliant 1urple, heavily weighed  down
lit wIiat is Ippirently ropes of bullion.
I  A final tou11h is; added by m~einig tits.
A  nall balconv in ill hall is reserved
l for the ls  f the white spectators, but
nly negroes are allowed on the   floor.
ITerl tihe 1 color line igainst the white
people Will be enforcod as in oiir places
agatilst thle nlegro-
Schuleeter Reports Big  Business.
Y. L Sblueter, the floor SurfaingO ma-
chino  ilminficturi  of Chicago, hals been
ver blusy of late nuplying linls through
tl coiintry  with  his  mahines  1nd
sinlot1111 ii the floors
l. ScI11eter lifts ist enmpleted Sur-
facing the floor it the Auditoiiiim rink,
Rin1  WAis    which was moie thin  22
11ld. When finislied it was in per-
Ielt ennition for skating.  -Vithin the
Iist tell or fifteen ainys orders have been
pliacd I tEi fillloing rinks to siiface
floors: Sveint  Re He1ilet Armory, Chi-
eago; Auditorl1ium  rink, Racine, Wis.;
Robt. Simpllsonl  ElvanStonl. Ill.; A. L,.
Whle itgloand rink.   15 Englewood
ave., Chntgo; F. A. Benson, 2   1 i Eilns-
ton ave, Chi in; Heintz tili. -iing
Indl.; t. C. Heiron & Ilyls, Hfamnmond,
Ind.; Travste  & 7Mll orr is,  Bowling
Green, Ky. List of mainiiis sold: o'n
Poole, Springfel . O.; Olsen & TLawrence,
Tinein, Neb.; R  . Warllor, Sioux Falls,
S. 1D; W. N. Wilox, 1Hartf'rd. Coii.;
Miltwk1,00o 1ivoiew  5iAimusement c(m -
pn    lilwauikee, Wil.;  Cil1han1   n &
Sc110 lf. telliana 111rhor, Iod.; las.  lIii-
lles, l5011eville, Ais. rEckert &  O'Con-
nor, Ft. Way'ne, Ind.; Lane & Smith, De-
trlit, icb.; Wayne Hotel. Ifs. R. Hayes,
ngr., Detroit Mich.; Stoidl Bros., ngrs.
\rIner  rink. ApplIeton, Wis.; Pikevillec
1olller Rilk compiay, Pikeville, Ky.; The
PBlender compnyiy,Slamilton, 0.; Tolloway
link. Oblendorf &  Brokhaison,  Props.,
Mme. Alla Nazimova.
lme. All Nazimlova, a tussion actress.
wose likenl    tcss aipnrs upon the front
(ove1r of this issue, will begin an1 extended
engagem0ent at the Garrick theater. Oct.
26. Slie will open the enga0emeit with a
production of A Doll's -House and later
will present otllelr Ibsen plays, such as
Thle Master Biler and Ilodda Gabler,
Oweni Johnson's The11 Comet and Bieco's
Comltsse  Clllnette.  M irne.  Nazimova
arnetd eliviable eulogies from  tie' press
last sensoll an1 there is no doubt that
Chicago will necor'd her awirn welcome.
New Stock Circuit.
Marion, Ill., Oct. 19.
A. .Klaus has been at the New Ro-
land several days orgaiin7ig and reheaS-
ing the "Burt's" Stock CO. Mr. Klaus
ilroposes to formn a circuit, compising six
of til best towns near M ion1. Ill., ind
put the Stock onipany on it, 'overing the
circlit once each Week, playing 1  Minon
ach SatiiIt'y night. They will clr-y the
folllowtIng 1151. A. D. Kllus, liEr. Emainl
nel Cistoll, Charles 1c.\llister. Nellie
Booth, Tessio Lee.-t. M. JiNKINS.
The Half Breed, a Kalem Film.
The late aIrrivl of the( dlescriptive, 1xlle-
till of ITle Ilitest film sobj(ct of tile Kilein
("mOalpny iiveits a dei li (I1 slSclltion
of this ellotini this isqe. 'Tlis film is
saId to be one of the finest yet produced
at the Calm1 studios. Detailed account
Will appealr next issue.
Opera House Burned.
Tit,   Ihs London, Ky., Oct. 19.
Thi   Jckson   Op er' IIoluse iws de_
tliroed ill fire inst wivek. Several stores
in 1(1w  uiAIln  Were also wipold out.
Teloss is plalcedl at $r50,o00.
Rosenthal's New Theater.
Dubuque, In.. Oct. 19.
.Tke tosenthal is COn1strutetini a. nelyw
fie  llit theater lwrto on Clay street,
It will have a seating cIpality of 200.
Ste is offering a prizc for the best name
Ireellted for his new  house.
Farmers Run Theatorium.
Nevnda, In., Oct. 20.
Mresr. Coate find Ball, two young
fri'lls frIm Jor'dlan, hiive purchased the
lIletlie thater here from Fred IT. Kiev.
il' IO'w m0nagement Will add a vanlde-
Ville feature to the motion pictures.
Daly in Mark Twain Sketch.
Arnold Daly Will open his vaudeville
iinement lt tle       Colonial  11e1ter,
N iw York. next Monday in a one-act
et(h entitled  Reconing   An   Editor.
The sketch was written by Mark Twain.
BOX OFFICE BLUFFS:
THEIR USE AND ABUSE
The Ways an Wiles Practiced by Men and Women on the
Theatrical Manager.
There are many bluffs made at the
box office, and they are apt to be in
two ldiffeient categoiies as to whether
they are made by men or women. Men
vil bluff about money aid about tick-
Its, but the feminine bluff is made with
an eye to aid in the eternal repairing
and rejuvenating of her clothes, says
The Tribune. "A woman's heart Is in
11er cloths," the most prominent man-
agers have cause to know, and It la
always to them   that she wants some-
thing done when she calls up the box
office.
A polite dialogue took place over the
telephone the other day in which Mr.
Herbert Duce of the Garrick theater
was at the theater end.
"I shall be glad to have it fixed for
you; thank you for telling us."  "What
seats did you say they were?"    "Yes,
thank you, give us the numbers." "Am
so sorry it happened," ,were a few of the
polite things whichm the manager was
heard to say.
A  Woman's Way.
Now, what do you suppose was the
other end of the conversation? It was
a woman, -and she had called up to re-
port that she had torn the skirt of her
dress oun the silver plate that holds the
eat number the other night. She also
said that it was a voile gown and when
the manager hail offered to have it
mended she said    that mere mending
wouldn't do.   It was right where it
Itowxed on the shirt and the only thing
whi I lh would fix it was a new gown, she
teeI ared.
...iI'tose plates are directly on top of
tile chair backs and are even with the
Ile, ' slid the manager. -and It would
seem next to a physical impossibility to
have a skirt get up on top of one of
them." Ii spite of the obviousness of
such a bluff it is invariably received po-
litely, although this does not make any
llifference with the ultimate decision of
the Imnallger as to whether lie will grant
the demands or not.
The Matinee Girl.
"A favorite bluff from the matinee girl
is a report that her waist has been dis-
colored in the back," said Mr. Wood at
the Colonial theater. "We have this re-
port often and we always answer by
asking that tle waist be sent in so
that We canil see what best can be (tone.
When they anive they will be pink,
1liack, green, and ill colors of the rain-
iow, except the color of the theater
cIlairs. Even if they were the color of
thie upliolstery, it has been practically
proved a hundred times that they are
colorproof and they are cleaned automat-
ically every night."
This is one of the theaters where the
experiment was tried   of putting hat
rociks rn the back of the seats. These,
when left standing out from   a chair,
will frequently catch a dress and cause
trouble. And this is why the mirror in
Newark Notes.
Newark, N. J., Oct. 19.
Fred TWilson, the manager of Miner's
Elmpire, is making good as manager of
this playhouse. Last season under dif-
forent iaringeneit the house was a
frost, but this season the business has
been of the record   breaking  variety
Each week b)rings forth some new nov-
elty.
The Newark theater. under the capa-
N' maaigement of George Robbins, is
doing a very nice business. A Knight
for a Day with John Slivin and May
Vokes ar' drawing big this week.
The outlook for the future elie in
tiii theiatrical 1lino is very bright. Musi-
iil comely, vaudeville and burlesquebe-
ill0 tIme 1115t piitronizedi.
in e Otllol for te future here in the
iheatrical line is very bright. Musical
c'o11dy. vaudeville and burlesque being
thll test patitronized.
Ti1ns AVovers, wvell known in local the-
atriiil  circles.  wiIl  control  the  'Coli-
sIum this season. The ialls have been
ent1llr'ged and greatly improved. Sacred
coincerts Will he given on Sundays.-.1OE
0'IRYAN.
Stock Company Stranded.
Kansas City, Mo.. Oct. 17.
The Virgimian Jeffries stock company,
stneildod at Laxwrence. Kar., last weoek.
According to Miss Jeffries, leading lady,
who is Mrs. Edwin    TVolcott  to  her
friends, it till happened in this peculiar
ianner. The assistant manager had not
heard enough of the silver jingle and
when the box office receipts climiled up
to $200 one night lie discovered that lie
must leave.
Capt. Dougherty Sells 0. H.
Liberty, Mo., Oct. 16.
Captain L. B. Dougherty has sold the
Corbin Opera house to James W. Jones.
'The sCating capacity will be increased to
7,50; a new  stage installed fand other
large improvements made according to
tile promise of the new   management.
The hiouse will in future be called The
Auditorium. It will open in November.
ber.
the back of the seat and other things
often suggested  by femininity are not
grabbed at by managers.
A Rug the Offender.
At one theater a little oriental rug
which lies in a doorway became worn at
the end and it was not long before com-
plaints came. One woman declared that
she had torn time chiffon ruffles on the
bottom of her gown by stumbling on it.
The manager did not remember whether
the gown was mended in this case, but
the rug was rebound as speedily as pos-
sible.
This is the substance and sum of the
feminine bluff and there is never a ren-
ovation of the boxes and passages, which
is constantly being done with paint and
calciminiing, but that some tiny spot
will get rubbed on somebody's clothing,
110 matter how carefully everything has
been tested. And in many cases the
most exorbitant demands are made onu
the manager-nothing less than an abso-
lutely new gown will make up for the
smallest blemish. After it is found that
they are not giving away gowns, how-
ever, the complainant will generally be
completely satisfied if the gown is sent
to the cleaner's.
The masculine bluffer is concerned with
lxis tickets or money. One man came
down from the gallery at a local theater
the other night after the first act, and
demanded $2 from the box office. He
had bought three 50 cent seats and had
laid down two $2 bills to pay for them,
and had received only 50 cents in change.
A Man Uses Rude Words.
The man was indignant that he was
asked how he happened to use two $2
bills, and when the money was refused
Imim, lie called back apartingshxot at the
management.    "Dirty crooks," he said
euphoniously.
At tile first class houses a policeman
is often kept near the line more for the
purpose of calling back the man who has
leftIs change lying on tlewindow than
to keep the line in order. wEven the
best of business men," said one mal-
ager, "will lay down a $10 bill, buy two
seats, and run off with the $1 before
time other $5, that is coming to him,
can be gotten out of the box. There is
something about getting in line which
will rattle a man when he would not
get rattled anywhere else."
The seat bluff is the one worked per-
haps oftenest in the theater. People will
buy seats for one evening, miss the date,
and present the tickets the next night,
and sometimes they will get by the
doorman and the mistake will not be
discovered until the usher takes tne
seat checks. Again the scheme is to buy
tickets to time bargain matinee and try
to pass them at night at the higher
priced entertainment. It is not the wom-
en who do this-the matinee girl is only
too anxious to go to the matinee on the
tickets she has-she does not think the
evening performance will improve on it.
Theatorium Is Sold.
Jamestown, N. D., Oct. 20.
Dreamiland, the   popular  Jamestown
lloving picture house, has been sold to
the Standard Amusement company of
Sioux Falls, S. D. Mr. C. E. Davis, the
former manager and proprietor, has left
for Seattle. The new Dreamland will be
under the management of C. D. Adams,
general manager of the Standard Amuse-
ment company, who will change tie char-
ncter of the pictures to a higher plane,
and devote the house exclusively to mov-
ing pictures and illustrated songs, at the
price of ten cents. Misses Bush and
ITarnilton amid Mrs. Johnson, popular at-
taches of the house, will be retained as
cashier, pianist  and  moving   picture
singer.  String music will be added.-
CHTASE.
Press Praises Morris Show.
Philadelphia, Oct. 20.
'The following appeared in the Record
regarding the Morris house here:
"If people in search of amusement
lknew of the wealth of good things fur-
iislied  weekly in vaudeville  at Fore-
paugh's theater there    would  not be
seats  enough   to   accommodate    the
throngs. How   so many excellent acts
can be provided at the low prices that
prevatil at that house is a question only
those on the "inside" in theatrical af-
fairs can answer. While all the bills so
far presented have been very good, the
one this week is probably superior in
many points to any."
The prices are 10-20-30, and what must
be gratifying is the fact that business
is inprovmg each week, and no small
amount of credit is due Manager A. I.
Goldberg. who has infused new life into
the house. WALTER.
A Perpetually "Dark" House.
Louisville, Ky., Oct. 17.
A theater for the exclusive use of
colored folks has been opened here in
the  Odd   Fellows' Temple. It is the
only house of its kind here. It is up to
date in every particular and promises
to be a paying experiment.
SEE MAN KILLED IN
MAD CRASH      OF AUTOS.
Pathe Film of Great Dieppe Race Loud-
ly Applauded by Chicagoans.
The Pathe pictures of the Grand Prix
automobile races on fie Dieppe circuit,
France, were exhibited at the Chicago
Automobile Club last week.   The Chi-
cago Tribune lies this to say regarding
same:
"A number of Chicago men and wo-
men, aid boys and girls, too, sat aiid
saw a man killed last night. A few of
the women screamed a little, the men
held their breath, but the    orchestra
went merrily on, and a minute later the
spectators  were   applauding   another
man's almost miraculous   escape   from
death in a shattered racing automobile.
"This all occurred at the Chicago Au-
tomobile club, in moving pictures of the
Grand Prix race on the Dieppe circuit in
France, which were shown to the guests
of the club. In this race, generally con-
sidered the greatest automobile race in
the world, about a dozen serious acci-
dents occurred and each of these was
shown in detail by the pictures. Men
with picture machines were placed at
each dangerous curve on the course so
that every terrible smashup might be re-
produced for the benefit of motorists the
world over."
Bradford (Pa.) Notes.
Bradford, Pa., Oct. 19.
Jay Noith has been retained as resi-
dent manager of the Bradford theater
which has recently been placed in the
Reis circuit.
Walker and Travis, managers of the
Peerless, have purchased the local the-
atorium.  The Peerless has raised the
price to ten cents and has installed vau-
deville.
The Gans-Nelson fight pictures at the
Star have crowded the house to capac-
ity.-GOODMAN.
Omaha Notes.
Omaha, Neb., Oct. 20.
The Burwood stock company is break-
ing all former records of runs made
by a play in this city, by playing The
Devil for three consecutive weeks. The
principal character, the devil, was played
by Lloyd Ingraham.
Miss Endenfield, recently with George
Cohan's George Washington, Jr. coin-
pany, has joined the Burwood company.
Advance sales for David Warfield in
The Music Master, at the Burwood, in-
dicate that the Belasco star will receive
monster crowds,  He     is here Oct. 29-31.
The Girl of the Goldeii West is here
next month for eleven days.
The   Cameraphone    moving    picture
house, recently started, is doing a great
business.-SMYTH.
New Slide Makers.
The Midland Transparency Company,
of Omaha, Neb., is on the market with
a scheme for making slides from comic
supplement pictures, from   post cards,
photographs, aid in fact from any origi-
pal picture. This will be a big help in
filling the waits and delays certain to
occur in any picture house.  The mov-
ing picture manager will welcome this
novelty.
Altoona (Pa.) Notes.
Mrs. Helen Hancock Miller, daughter
of Dr. and Mrs. W. B. Miller, of this
city, has written a play that is well
thought of by Mr. James Hackett, her
manager, and that she will shortly star
in this play.
Harry Beck, a leading business man
of Phillipsburg, connected with the Elec-
tric light and trolly companies, is erect-
ing a moving picture house which will
cost when completed in the neighborhood
of $10,000. It is understood this theater
will be devoted to moving pictures aiid
vaudeville.
Albert J. Moeller, a young actorknown
as Al J. Burt, and leading man in the
play presented by Thomas and Cham-
bers, A Noble Outcast, and Miss Bessie
May Whitaker, of this city, were quietly
married   Thursday   evening, the 15th.
Mr. and Mrs. Moeller departed for De-
troit, where the husband joined his com-
pany on Monday, and accompanied by
his wife xil tour the western cities.-
WESTBROOK.
New Empire Staff.
San Antonio, Tex., Oct. 17.
The official program of the Empire
Opera house has now been issued; the
following is the staff: J. D. Glass, mal-
ager; L. J. Smith, treasurer; Murray
B. Brooks, assistant treasurer; J. Wood-
ward, main door keeper; Thornton Ful-
ler, chief usher; A. Duhig, stage man-
ager. The Empire has had full houses
since the opening night, Sept. 12. They
have just received a new asbestos cur-
taiu,-the  finest  in the city.-DAVY
CROCKETT.
Denton (Tex.) Notes.
Denton, Tex., Oct. 19.
The State Fair of Texas, held at Dal-
las, opened the 17th of October and had
a large attendance.
The Denton skating rink is to open
here about Nov. 1, and it has a com-
plete outfit of new skates, etc.-J. M.
DAVENPORT.
Dave Yoder Marries.
Indianapolis, Oct. 16.
Dave Yoder and Agnes Hall surprised
their friends when they announced yes-
terday that they were to be married in
the parlor of the Denison Hotel, fol-
lowing the matinee performance.


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