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

Live show news gathered by Show World correspondents,   pp. 12-12ii


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August 10, 1907.
THE SHOW WORLD
SHOW WORLD CORRESPONDENTS
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OMAHA
BY SA31 E. STIYTH.
(August 3, 1907.)
M SS DAMM, a young social bud,
recently startled the natives at
Luke Manawa by swimming from
the Kursaal to the Pavilion, a distance
of over a mile.
I was amused by a conversation be-
tween two traveling men who occupied
the dressing room next to mine; also, I
was enlightened as to the reason Billy
Byrne, the manager, numbered each suit
across the shirt front in big   white
figures.
"Know what those figures stand for,
Bill?" asked one of the drummers of his
friend.
"Just the number of the suit, I s'pose,"
said Bill.
"You're wrong. That's your age."
Bill gazed at the figure "'7" on his shirt
front and rippled:
"J'see this little seven year old play-
ing in the sand with that pretty blond
with the blue eyes? Her age was 396!'
Maude Adams in Omaha.
Maude Adams passed through Omaha
July 30, on her way to New York from
the Pacific Coast, where she received a
tremendous welcome in Peter Pan. Site
will continue to produce the popular play
in the big burg until Christmas week.
Ellery's famous Italian hand of fifty
pieces will appear in Omaha at the Audi-
torium for one week. Sept. 23-30, the
week previous to the big Ak-Ser-Ben
carnival. Chicago engagements hindered
the btand from playing here during Ak-
Sar-en festivities.
The question. "Is a Wild West show a
circus?" was food for argument at the
city license inspector's office when the
advance man of a Wild West show asked
for a license. The mayor and the license
inspector said a Wild West show came
tunder the bead of Dog and Pony show
and should be taxed but $25. The city
attorney is trying to classify the request.
Circus lots. desirable ones close in, are
gettintgscarce.
Repairs in Boyd Theater.
Boyd theater is undergoing many de-
sirable alterations.  The box  office  is
being moved across the lobby to the west
side where it "used to was"; a luxurious-
ly appointed smoking room  will be in-
stalled; a new stage floor is put in, and
a general overhauling has rejuvenated
this handsome house. Here's luck, and
a whole season of it, to the new man-
agement!
Formal transfer of the Burwood theater
from W. J. Burgess to the Sullivan-Con-
sidine syndicate was made    July  23,
throuel Mr. F. Lincoln of Chicago. Mr.
iincoin says the Burwood will open Sept.
1. with high-class vaudeville at 10, 20,
30 prices. Thomas J. Myers, newspaper
man and formerly with the Orpheum
people, will be manager. Mr. Myers is
now out in advance of Norris & Rowe's
circus. Price paid for Burwood, $60,000.
Duss and his band played a "Patrick S.
Gilmore" program at Krug's Park, July
24. in memory of the late bandmaster.
Gilmore's  nephew  and   grand-nephew
were present. "Appalachia," an Indian
funeral hymn,   based   on  aboriginal
themes, and composed by George Kalbitz
of Chicago, has made quite an impres-
sion on Omaians.
A Lightweight Giant,
South Omaha has a giant among its
inhabitants who is an object of curiosity
to passers-by. Joe TWobb is six foot, nine
inches tall, and weighs but 130 pounds;
he has been with a circus.
"The Dahliman Cowboy Quartet." sobri-
qucted in honor of Omaha's "Jim." the
mayor, recently made good before Or-
pheumnt officials at Chicago and will be
booked through the winter. "The Cow-
boys" sang in private for Mayor Busse.
of Chicago. who said they were "0. K.''
The boys have an unique sketch called
The life of a Cowboy, introducing rop-
ing and other "lariat learning."
NEBRASKA.
LINCOLN   Aug. 3.-Oliver Theater. F.
C. Zhrung. Manager--The Futon Stock
Company 'is nearing the close of its
fourth successful summer engagement.
Two tills lerweek are being presented.
Week of Jitly 29, La Belle Marie and
Under Two Flags.
Lyri'. H. M. Miller, Manager.-House
dark. Opens Aug. 5. Vaudeville.
Bijl. I. M. Oerman, Manager.-Being
rnoliplel elaborately. Opens Sept. 1.
'Vautdsville.
Wonderland, Casino and Arcade, L. M.
ilorman. Manager.-Moving pictures and
illustrated songs.
Capitol Beach. ,. M. Gorman. Man-
ager.-Boating and outdoor attractions.
PITTSBURG
HY C. G. BOOHERT.
(August 3, 1907.)
IlE parks and the theaters here are
sharing the business about equally,
the weather favoring   the  parks
perhaps two nights in succession and
then boosting the indoor business by
turning loose a few cool blasts, perhaps
accompanied by rain. Lunt Park still
leads in the size of crowds, Guenther's
Concert Band being the open air offer-
ing; at Kennyvood    the Kemp    Wild
West and Train Holdup is doing a good
bIusiness, despite the fact that it is in
its tenth week; West View has picnics
daily, and the boat ride to the new park,
Coney Island, attracts well. The park
opened last year, Dream City, has been
having a hard time on account of poor
car service, and has been purchased out-
right during the past week by John P.
Klemen, one of the former directors of
the  Dreamland   Amusement Company.
By abolishing the gate admission and
getting direct car service from the city,
Mr. Klemon has boomed Dream       City
Park to a considerable extent.
Sale of Theater a Myth.
The recent report that Klaw & Er-
langer had purchased the Bijon theater
from R. M. Gullick and P. J. McNulty
seems to have been merely a "report,"
and since all the theaters except the old
Belasco have announced openings, it
appears that advanced vaudeville will
have no homehere after the Nixon the-
aiter begins playing the syndicate at-
tractions in September unless the Bel-
asco (formerly the Duquesne) is secured
in some way from the Shuberts for this
purpose. There has been some talk of
transferring the Columbia circuit bur-
lesque to the Belasco and running the
Klaw  &   Erlanger  vaudeville  at  the
Gaiety theater. Although the Bijou and
Academy of Music gave first perform-
ances last Saturday, a custom now in
vogue at all the houses here, the real
opening is always looked upon by the
tublic as Monday night. Both houses
were filled to capacity and had to stop
selling tickets Saturday and business is
still on the same, brisk order.
At the Djo the attraction is an A. H.
Vood's production. "Edna The Pretty
I'ypewriter," and Harry   . oWilliams
opened the Academy ahead of Emipire
circuit "wheel" time in order to take
care of his own company, Williams' Im-
perials, which is giving a performance
replete with  vim  and   pretty  chorus
women.
The Grand Opera House, with a costly
Keith vaudeville bill, continues to play
to capacity at nights, but for the first
time in its history the size of the mat-
inev crowds has been affected by the
weathor.
Moving Pictures Popular.
A few of the moving picture shows
closed down during the heated weather.
and some of them are opening with new
trimmings and decorations. A majority'
are now in one of the many circuits for
these houses, as are also all the ten-
cent theaters playing vaudeville, and but
one of these smaller vaudeville theaters
has been forced by a lull in business to
close during the summer-it being in a
suburban mill town. The others all re-
port a steady business that is phenom-
enal in considering the weather and the
number of these places. A number of
new ones are proparing to open in the
East L.iberty district this fall.
Nearly all the moving picture shows
report a steady business, while a few in
out-of-the-way locations were forced out
of the business when summer drove peo-
ple to the parks and to the seashore re-
sorts.
PENNSYLVANIA.
EASTON. Atg. 3.-Island Park (D. E.
Seguine. Manager)-The vaudeville bill
at the Casino thii week is the best of
the season. Kennedy and TVible in talks
mnd songs were good. Their parodies on
"'  iting at the Church" and "Chey-
enne'' were very funny. Al. White's
Dancing Belles was received with rap-
turois applause, which was deserved.
Iua Dotntette made a hit in her black
mamm'y' act; her monologue was original
and witty, and the presentation of her
little dog nt the close of the nct was a
surprise. Elliott. Eclair and Elliott gave
an interesting nchebatte sketch. on the
Rice and Prevost style: the tumbles of
the comelian caiised iuproa'ious Iaughter.
Ption (Deliil and Shrmian. Managers).
-The pictures of ti Elis' parade are
drawing bitec rowds this week.
Jewel (Rothieder atnd Schwalm. Man-
agers)-Moving pictures to good busi-
necs.
Mnx Spiegel is going to build a vau-
deville theater on South Front street. A
oorer site could not have been selected.
a  it is at Oto extr'eme end of the city'
rndil te reputation of the old theater
that used to stand there will eliminate
the patronage of women and children,
especially  at matinees.  Besides this,
every time we h-'ve a freshet this nlace
of amusement will be flooded.-JOHN L.
SLETOR.
SANFRANCISCO
IIY IRVING 31. WILSON.
(August 1, 1907.)
TII ear strike whichhas lasted ever
two months now, has affected the
down-town theaters to a certain ex-
tent, and although there is no indication
of a settlement of thie difficulties as yet,
besides other conditions of the city not
quite normal, I must say all the thea-
ters in general seem to be doing good'
business.  The Van Ness theater and
the Alcazar are drawing big houses
weekly.  Such places as the Orpheum
and other vaudeville houses, are doing
as they always do-"a standing-room-
only" business.
VAN NESS THEATER.-This is prac-
tically the largest and finest theater in
the city. A delightful performance of
"Captain Jinks," with Ethel Barrymore
as the star, was the attraction. Miss
Barrymore's engagement was a very
satisfactory one, although she did no
such business as Maude Adams. This
week at this theater Ezra Kendall and
company, in his new play, "Swell Ele-
gant Jones."
ALCAZAR THEATER.-Located inthe
up-town residential district, and devot-
ed to the highest stock productions. S.
R. 0. is a nightly occurrence at this
playhouse.  Herbert Kelce y  and  Effie
Shannon, ably supported by the regular
stock company of this theater, are pre-
senting several of the modern comedies.
Last week they gave us a delightful
performance of Clyde Fitch's "The Moth
and the Flame." This week Mr. Kelcey
and  1iss Shannon are appearing in "A
Coat of Many Colors."   Tue starsa and
supporting members are delighting not
only their audiences, but the box office
as well,
High Class Vaudeville,
ORPHETM     THEATER.- This    play-
house, devoted to high class vaudeville,
is also located in the up-town theatrical
distuict. and attracts packed houses con-
tinually. The program offered last week
was exceptionally line. The most promi-
nent on the bill was the portrayal of
Abraham   Lincoln by Benjamin Chapin
ant supporting company it the one-act
sketch by M.Nr. Chapin, entitled ''In the
White House.'  The support is not what
it should be, bile the interest centers on
Mr. Chapin's clever portrayal of the
famous president. Willard Simms and
Company, in a sketch entitled "Flinder's
Furnished Flats," was the funniest thing
on the bill. He certainly provokes no
end of laughter in this piece. The sup-
port was fair. The rest of the program
consisted of the Great Bernar, king of
Marionettes: Rose & Jeanette, Parisian
dancers; Sanita Bartling, the European
juggler: Jack Wilson &    Company, in
"An Upheaval in Darktown," and the
moving pictures. The new comers are
Jatmes Neill attd Edythe Chapman. in
the one-act sketch. "The Lady Across the
Hall." These players are great favorites
here. and received an ovation at their
opening  performance.   Another   new
nutmber is entitled "The Stunning Gren-
adi vtrs."  These young ladies are clever
and received a well-earned round of ap-
plause.
NOVELTY     THEATER.- Also located
in the up-town theatrical center, and al-
though closed for three or four weeks,
peneds July 22 with a series of melo-
dramias.  L~ast week "The Struggle of
Life "
CENTRAL THEATER.-In the down-
town district, is attracting the usual
large audiences that enjoy melodrama.
Hershal Mayall. as the star, is giving
a good performance of Mansfield's fa-
mons dual role in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Ityde."
Musical Comedy Clever
AMERICAN THEATER.- Tocated in
the same block as the Central. The bill
is a musical comedy entitled "The Isle
of Blamhoo."  The company is a good
one, and some of the members espe-
cially clever: but there is not much to
the performance, except a lot of non-
sense surrounded by musical numbers
galore.  The  chorus is well trained.
Riehard .T. Jose, the well known tenor.
is offering several new songs in this
musical comedy and receiving tremend-
outs applause.
COLONIAL. THEATER.-A        block or
so away from the American and Central
is another  prominent  playhouse, the
Colonial. It has been closed for the last
few wks ont account of the lack of fa-
cilities in the city for reaching the the-
aters. with the exception of a moving
picture performance every afternoon.
DAVIS TITEATER.-located in the
up-town center, but quite a few blocks
from the rest of the theaters in and
around that district. Darrel Vinton is
giving some good performances of a few
of the old masterpieces. Shakespeare's
''Tantitg of the Shrew" among them.
PRINCESS THEATER.-Nearing com-
nlotion and will be devoted   to high
class stock  productions as far as is
known to late. It is owned and will be
operated by Varney & Green. one of the
most prominent advertising firms on the
coast.
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MILWAUKEE
BY .. H4. YEO.
August 3, 1907.)
WING to the fine weather we have
been having for the past week, the
parks have all been crowded to
their utmost capacity and the theaters
have also had a good share of the busi-
lss.
A great number of roller skating en-
thusiasts attended the opening of the
new  roller rink, The Coliseum, ott its
opening  night, Saturday  night.  The
floor space, which is said to be the larg-
est roller skating area' in the country,
was in fine condition and was crowded
with  skaters throughout the evening.
Ward's Coliseum Band rendered a varied
program and the pleasure of the skaters
was enhanced by the music.
Wonderland Park is as popular as ever.
Before a crowd that filled the walk and
both plazas, extending from the chutes
to the electric tower, Slackey and New-
man, the high wire walkers, took turns
in making the spectators laugh, by antics
on the cable fifty feet above the ground
and then thrilling them by their daring
feats. These young men present an act
that introduces many novelties in wire-
walking and the same can be said of the
Castellaine Brothers, who performed a
double loop the loop on bicycles. They
ride the bicycles in opposite directions
and circle the loops in opposite directions
which adds a great deal to the danger
of the act. Slackey and Newman also
walk their wires in opposite directions.
Whitefish Bay is Popular.
Whitefish Bay, the popular resort on
the lake, is makingqite a hitwith Mil-
waukee peoiple and also outsiders, and
the beautiful little place has been filleu
to its utmost capacity since the opening
of the season. The Tyrolcans and the
Hawaiians are still playing there, and
are charming the patrons with their sing-
ing and dancing.
Two, or perhaps three, more weeks re-
main before Albert Brown and his excel-
lent company will pack up their ward-
robes and quit the field. Within a very
short time after this veteran organiza-
tion leaves the Davidson theater another
regutlar season will bue in full swing.
There has been some talk at the David-
son theater of giving the patrons of the
stiock company a ntivelt by producing
Pinafore in stock during one of the final
weeks. The plan may yet be abandoned
but so far it has not been. and many
of the patrons who have seen some of
these members in Edwin Thanhauser's
Academy of Music hope the plans will
not miscarry.
The Milwaukee stock season opened
with much eclat and with three stock
organizations-two of them brand new-
in the field. After a struggle of five
weeks, however, the Garrick had to give
lip.
New Company for the Pabst.
Announcement is made by the manage-
ment of the Pabst English Stock Com-
pany that a high class stock organiza-
tion bearing that name will open for a
second summer's engagement at the
Pabst theater during the latter part of
next April. Many of the favorites of
this summer's season will return and the
personnel of the organization will be
strengthened by the addition of people
of fame and ability.
E. B. Chadsey, of Lynn. Mass., has
about completed work on a new ten-cent
vaudeville theater, which will be located
at 203-205 Grand avenue. He announces
thatli he will open Monday with a program
of illustrated songs and moving pictures
of the better class.
The Garrick theater, which has been
acquired by Hrarry Harris and S. R. Simon
and others for burlesque shows, will be
renamed the Gaiety. It will be opened
Aug. 25. but no decision has been reached
as yet to what the onening attraction
will be. Mr. Simon will take charge of
the house temporarily.
The examination of the officers and
stockholders of the bankrupt Hippodrome
and Amusement Company was postponed
at the request of the attorneys of the
trustee for ten days. It is said that some
method is being sought by which a set-
tlement of the financial troubles of this
concern may be reached.
Miss Blanche Lyons was awarded judg-
ment for $165.00 against the Wheelock's
Indian Band, which recently filled an en-
gagetnent at Pabst Park, said to be due
her as salary and exnenses while nlay-
ing with this band. Unless Mr. Whee-
lock, who is away. returns, the instru-
ments of the band, which were seized
in na  this clainm  will be sold, but this
cannot t'e deone for thirty days.
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MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE.
ARKANSAS.
ITTLE ROCK. Aug. 3.-The Payton
Sisters opened their third week's engage-
ment here., which is their last, at the
Forrest Park Summer theater Monday
night. to a crowded house. Their piece
was The Belle of Richmond. a very pretty
southern melodrama, and received several
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