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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(July 17, 1909)

Film men are jolted by express companies,   p. 24

Picture houses reap harvest in New York,   pp. 24-26

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Owners Promise An Expenditure of
Twenty Thousand Dollarson Al-
terations During Summer.
BROOKLYN, N.Y., July 12.-Co-
lumbia Theater here closed its season
yesterday and will re-open August
30, after extensive improvements from
the main lobby to the stage door and
from pit to dome at an outlay of
$20,000. The same management will
prevail next season. E. S. Epstein, the
resident manager, will be in charge
for the Mark and Stone Amusement
Company. He will be actively en-
gaged in directing the reconstruction
preparatory to the Columbia's open-
ing. The seating capacity will be
over 3,000, and it will be comfortable.
Every known convenience will be in
stalled and its re-construction en
tirely of brick and steel.
At various times in the past ten
years Mr. Epstein has represented not
only Mark & Stone Amusement Co.,
but the Work & Harris Amusement
Co., The Michigan Amusement Co.,
and the Theater Comique Amusement
Co., although he is yet a young man.
HARRISBURG, Pa., July 13.-Jo-
seph Frank, manager of the Majestic
theater, died very suddenly last even-
ing at his home, 2218 North Third
street. The end came without warn-
ing. Up to 10:30 in the evening, he
was sittingonhis porch. The doctor
*   pronounced   it heart failure.  Mr.
Frank was about 59 years old, and he
had been in the theatrical business
for 42 years. In fact, he spent his
entire life in it, with the exception of
one year. He became a manager of a
theater when he was 18 years of age
and since then he has been connected
with some of the most notable play
houses in the country, including the
Clark street, the Haymarket and the
Alhambra in Chicago. Theaters in
Cleveland, Ohio; Albany, N. Y.;
Rochester, N. Y., and Toronto, Can.
Mr. Frank came here in 1903 and dur-
ing his reign built the Lyceum and
the Majestic for M. Reis & Co., and
acted as manager for both. The firm
of Reis & Co. lose a good and worthy
manager. He is survived by a widow
and one son.-BUXBAUM.
Leases Grand Forks House
Kavanaugh, proprietor of the Gem
theater in this city has leased the
Empire theater at Grand Forks for a
term of ten years, and will take pos-
session the first of August.
The Empire is Grand Forks' only
vaudeville house and is a first-class
house with  capacityofabout1,000.
It was formerly on theSullivan &
Considine circuit, but was booked by
Wm. Morris the closing weeks of last
It is understood that Mr. Kava-
naugh will book the house through
Sullivan & Considine. The deal in-
volves over $50,000.-
NEW YORK, July 14.-Grace La
Rue, who in private life is Mrs. Biron
Chandler, is said to possess a $2,000
"nuthin-nuthin" gown, which she will
wear shortly on the stage. The gown
is described as a diaphanous creation,
with a gauze front of pale blue. It
is said to outsummer Summer. Miss
La Rue is to appear at the opening
of the American Roof Garden next
Monday night.
Singer Is Destitute.
OAKLAND, Cal., July 13.-George
Dimmock, aged 87 years, formerly
Jenny Lind's tenor, was given car-
fare to Salt Lake City by the charity
New Moving Picture Classification Means Extra Added Ex-
pense in Boxing for Shipment
A new classification of moving pic-
ture films has been adopted by all
express companies throughout the
United States and approved by the
Interstate Commerce Commission, to
become effective August 1, 1909, as
"On and after August 1, 1909, films
must be packed and labeled according
to these regulations or they will be
refused for shipment.
First-They will be accepted as
merchandise only when in heavy
metal cases (not tin), and enclosed
in wooden boxes.
Second-They must bear a label
printed on red paper not less than
three inches square and reading as
Local film men, for the most part,
looked upon this as an unnecessary
burden and hardship. It entails a
heavy expense. It means the sacri-
fice of all the tin boxes now in gen-
eral use, excepting those few used
for city trade and not handled by ex-
press companies. It means the buy-
ing of an entire new stock of metal
cases as well as an equal stock of
wooden packing boxes. One man
seemed of the opinion that the wooden
boxes would be short lasting, that the
constant withdrawal and driving in of
nails would quickly destroy the box,
but it was pointed out to him that the
specification did not call for a nailed
box; that the box might be hinged
and contain a standard lock.
Another film man entered into a
long argument with an express com-
pany superintendent regarding the
folly of such a regulation in view of
the increasing number of non-inflam-
mable films now being marketed, but
to this the express man gave a deaf
Legitimate Theaters Find Films More Profitable Than "Attrac-
tions"-The Coming F. S. A. Convention]
In spite of time, tide, heat and the
numerous ills that flesh is heir to, the
moving picture theaters still continue
to attract crowds. At the Fourteenth
Street, Keith & Proctor's, Twenty-
third, Fifty-eighth, Union Square and
One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Street
houses, the Comedy, Crystal Hall,
the Unique, Dewey, Gotham, Family,
Princess, Majestic and Star still con-
tinue to play to capacity. You will
remember some few weeks ago atten-
tion was called to the fact that from
Fourteenth street to the Circle there
was a golden opportunity being neg-
lected by show men for moving pic-
ture theaters. As an evidence of how
correct the prediction was, the Ma-
jestic theater, which has been testing
the walls of the edifice with the
crowds they have been drawing. has
announced that the theater will re-
main a moving picture house during
the regular season. This in face of
the fact that the theater is solidly
booked with $2.00 attractions for the
entire coming season. When it is
understood that they have raised the
prices and are playing to business like
this, it ishardly necessary to gointo
argumentregarding this contention.
The new Felix Isman house at
Thirty-first and Broadway, to be man-
aged by William Gaines, formerly of
the Manhattan theater, this city, is
rapidly being completed and will open
its doors about the 15th of September.
The public will then have a chance of
seeing one of the most beautifully
equipped theaters for moving pictures
in the country. When moving pic-
tures can pay the rent demanded by
one of the best corners on Broadway
it looks promising for the future of
the business.
The F. S. A. Meeting.
The coming meeting at Atlantic
City should be the means of clarify-
ing the moving picture situation mate-
rially. It is understood that strong
efforts will be made to stamp out the
existing evils and put the business on
the plane which its greatness deserves.
The chief evils which beset it now
are the subrenting loaning of reels and
the constant duping of subjects. Both
the International and Moving Picture
Patents companies have decided to
eradicate the duper at any cost. It
may occur to members of the film
renting association that because they
can buy duped goods at from 3/2 to
42 cents cheaper than the regular
goods of the manufacturer, that they
are doing a very clever business move.
As a matter of fact, they are going
further than any known evil to kill
the goose that lays the golden egg. It
should be the policy for the members
of the film association to take meas-
ures that would keep all duped and
spurious goods out of the market. At
any rate. The Show World is in-
formed, by the International people
and the Patents company, that they
now have a way of reaching the duper
and that they intend to reach him
and make an example of one that will
make the others think twice before
they attempt any more duping. While
in a film exchange during the week it
was learned that any goods of "Mo-
tion Picture Patents Co." could be
procured, duped on the day of re-
Colored Photography.
With the advent into this country
of Charles Urban of the Eclipse Film
Company of London and Paris, and
the representative of Frise Green, also
of London, the talk of colored pho-
tography has shared interest with non-
inflammable film. Speaking of colored
photography the processes employed
by Mr. Urban and Mr. Green are
practically the same and consist main-
ly of the three-color process, known
to photographers for years. It is to
be questioned whether colored mo-
tography will be accomplished by
means of the three primary colors. As
a matter of fact, it is known that cer-
tain American who have been ex-
perimenting for the last three years,
and who are very much in advance
of the processes that are shortly to be
shown in the country by Messrs. Ur-
ban and Green, believe that more
colors will be necessary.
Among the people whom the film
convention will call together will he
Mr. A. Kessel of the Empire Film
Company of this city. Mr. Kessel is
one of the pioneer film men, and his
exchange is run as carefully as any
national bank. That Mr. Kessel has
discovered the philosopher's stone of
the film business, a glance at his
books will show. He is to be con-
gratulatedlon his success, which it is
hoped will be emulated by others. A
20-ton yacht is one of the things that
Mr. Kessel has to show attesting his
enterprise.-NELLIE REVELL.
Opera House Pushes Its Date For.
ward-And Other Houses Fall
in Same Line.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 13.-
Theatrical season of Cleveland will
have the earliest opening in history
and indications are that the entire sea-
son will be one of the liveliest.
On account of the early opening of
the Opera House, Vaughan Glaser
will change his date for opening at
Keith's Prospect from August 23 to
August 30. Manager Daniels is plan-
ning to open the Hippodrome about
the same time as the Prospect house.
The fight between Klaw & Erlanger,
known as the syndicate, and the Shu-
berts, will be waged here. The fight
here will be between the Opera House
playing syndicate attractions and the
Colonial playing attractions of the
Shuberts, Lieber & Co. and independ-
ents. The Opera will open August
23, the earliest since it has been built.
McIntyre & Heath will produce a
musical comedy. The Colonial will
open about the first week in Septem-
ber. The Colonial Stock Company re-
turned to light comedies this week
and will be continued five or six
weeks. The $1 scale ofprices will be
abandoned after reopening.-CHAS.
MOBILE. Ala., July      14.Mobile
Lodge No. 104, T. M. A., has secured
a lease on a very desirable lot situated
on the principal business thorough-
fare, and will open an airdome on July
26. It is their intention to run ive
acts, two reels of pictures and give
two performances daily. The location
secured will easily seat twelve hun-
dred. The general manager of the
(tome will be E. Gause, while the
treasurer will be S. A. Vogle, respec-
tively president and secretary of the
local T. M. A. This is the first in-
stance in the south of the T. M. A.
owning and operating a theater.
It is an assured fact that Mobile
will have a new vaudeville housethe
coming season, located on themain
street, and  seating  approximately
eleven hundred, to be operated as a
ten cent house. The Shubert attrac-
tionswill play the Lyric this season.
Auto Victims Recovering.
SPOKANE, Wash., July 14.-
Louis Corbeille, former manager of
the theatorium and J. D. Williams,
proprietorand manager of theBijou
Dream, are slowly recovering from
the accident of June 28, when their
automobile,lreturning fromlthe Hag
enbeck-Wallace Show, collided with
an0. R. N. train. Corbeille sustained
a severe sprain in his back, while
Williams had his shoulder sprained.
The other occupants of the auto,
George Magruder and wife, and Esh-
elmen, a real estate operator, got the
worst of it, Mrs. Magruder having
both her feet cut off by the train.-
NEW YORK, July 13.-Marguerite
Clark will leave the cast of "The
Beauty Spot" on August 16 and will
go to the Suburban Gardens in St.
Louis, where she will play in "Peter
Pan," "Mere Mary Ann" and other
dramatic plays under the management
of the Oppenheim Brothers. Isabelle
D'Armond will replace Miss Clark in
"The Beauty Spot."
Ju y
it, loo0.

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