Variety (December 1907)

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8 VARIETY ANOTHER ORPHEUM OPENING. On Monday next, Dec. 23, the Orpheum Theatre at Memphis, Tenn., will be for- mally thrown open as a vaudeville house under the direction of the Orpheum Cir- cuit. The re-named Orpheum was formerly the Grand Opera House. It has been- en- tirely refitted and refurnished. The regu- lar Orpheum attractions will play the house. The initial bill which will be presented next Monday evening will be composed of May Ward and her "Dresden Dolls," Du- mond's Minstrels, Baron's Burlesque Menagerie, Three Yoscarrys, Paul Barnes, Howard Brothers and Violet Black. Max Fabish is the resident manager. C. E.'Bray, the Orpheum's acting general manager, is in town superintending the premier. The Memphis week fills up the "lay oft"' on the Orpheum Circuit which pre- viously occurred in the "jump" from New Orleans to Chicago, leaving the only open time for travel from Salt Lake City, West, and the ffeturn trip to the same place. Mr. and Mrs. Bray are much upset over the death of their pet dog "Gypsie," Mr. Bray's constant companion, and familiar to every vaudeville artist who knows the manager. THEATRE CLOSED; POOR CONSTRUC- TION. San Francisco, Dec. 20. The Davis, which has run the gauntlet from melodrama to vaudeville, was order- ed closed by the authorities, owing to lack of proper construction. This was the only house to suffer as a result of the recent inspection by the building committee. The proprietor, Davis, was a member of the late Board of Supervisors, who re- signed under the fire of the "graft" in- vestigators. UNITED DIRECTORS MEET. The directors of the United Booking Offices met last Tuesday morning. It was a regular monthly meeting. No important matters are reported as having been trans- acted. One manager is rumored to have asked what the prospects for commissions were in the near future, and upon being in- formed they were glorious, the meeting immediately adjourned for the purpose of allowing the directors to fulfill the pre- diction. BENNETT'S HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK. Charles W. Bennett, head of the Ben- nett Circuit of vaudeville theatres in Can- ada, will hereafter make New York City Jiis permanent residence. He brought his family here to live this week. The head- quarters of the circuit are now located in London, Canada, but with the vaudeville circuit increasing and a constantly length- ening chain of moving picture theatres under his control, it is probable that the office force, numbering twelve, will be brought to New York likewise, and the business of the two circuits transacted in this city. 'FRISCO'S HIPPODROME, JAN. xi. San Francisco, Dec. 20. The opening of the mammoth Hippo- drome in this city has been set for Jan. 11. Norris & Rowe, the circus men, will ananage it. The building, 400 x 400 and 70 feet high, is completed. It was erected by Varney & Green, the millionaire ad- vertising and theatre owning firm of the Coast, for Norris & Rowe. There will be a three-ring circus given in the enclosure, and ballets and water carnivals besides spectacular productions will also be presented. The program will be changed often. Many novel features are already contem- plated by the managers for production as occasion demands. Showmen all over are watching the venture, the first of its kind of similar magniture attempted out here. The Hippodrome will not interfere with the regular circus season of Norris & Rowe's tented shows. HOW BAD IS BAYONNE? Wesley & Pincus are operating the Opera House at Bayonne, N. J., this week, with a vaudeville show of their own chosing. The agents selected the week before Christmas to discover just how bad it was possible for Bayonne to prove. FILM MAKERS' CONVENTION. Chicago, Dec. 20. The United Film Protective Association met at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Chicago, last Saturday. Another meeting will take place at Buffalo, Jan. 4. The following officers were elected: J. B. Clark (Pittsburg Calcium Light Co.), president; Fred Aiken (Theatre Film Ser- vice, Chicago), vice-president; Percy Waters (Kinetograph Co., New York), treasurer. An executive board wfts select- ed composed of P. J. Howard, Boston; C. H. Peckhara, Cleveland. Thirty new members were admitted. No other important business was trans- acted at the meeting. WELL, HERE'S DOROTHY AGAIN. Dorothy Russell will return to vaude- ville within a month's time. Lillian Rus- sell, her mother, is on a tour with a new piece called "Wildfire," and several vaude- ville managers in towns for which she is scheduled have promised to play the daughter the same week. MONTH LONGER FOR BECK. At the Orpheum Circuit offices it was said this week that the return to New York of Martin Beck was not expected until the middle of January. MLLE. MARNAC CANCELS. A cancellation has arrived in New York of the contract held by Mile. Marnac, the French singer, from Klaw & Erlanger to appear over here in "Advanced Vaude- ville." Mile. Marnac's name was on the list , handed to the United Offices by Klaw i Erlanger as one of the acts to be routed upon arrival. Mile. Marnac wrote that under her understanding of the confused condition of vaudeville over here she would prefer to remain at home. DEMANDS PAY FOR "LAY-OFF." Percy G. Williams, as business manager of the United Booking Offices, received a notification this week from Delmore and Lee, the aerial ladder act, that they had not been played by the United Booking Offices for week December 9th, as informed by Klaw & Erlanger, from whom they hold a contract that they would be, and the letter requested Mr. Williams to fur- nish information who was responsible for the salary due. The act is at the Keith-Proctor 125th Street Theatre this week. If payment for the week lost is not received, or the United Offices does not admit liability for the amount through not playing them, Delmore and Lee will probably bring suit against Klaw & Erlanger for the weekly salary they did not receive. As far as known no suit of this nature has yet been brought, but it is said that any "K. & E. act" suing Klaw & Erlanger for monies due through "lay-offs" will find upon trial the United Booking Offices is the real defendant. Klaw & Erlanger will ask the courts that the United be interpleaded as the defendant under the agreement existing between the two managements whereby the United was to assume all K. & E. con- tracts submitted. PHILADELPHIA'S CLOSING AN- NOUNCED. Philadelphia, Dec. 20. Though it has been known that the For- rest, which has been playing Klaw & Er- langer's "Advanced Vaudeville" since the house first opened on Sept. 2, would close as a vaudeville house before the first of the new year, the change was not of- ficially announced until this week, when it was announced that next week would be the last. On Dec. 30 the change of policy will bring the "Follies of 1907" as the first of the first-class attractions, with the "Round Up" to follow in February, it being presumed that "The Follies" will last for several weeks here. There appears to be a uniform sig- nificance in the titles of the shows booked to succeed vaudeville in the K. & E. houses here. When the People's closed the first show to play the house was "Never Too Late to Mend," and when "Advanced Vaudeville" gives up the fight in the Forrest it will be followed by "The Follies of 1907." "The Round Up" will appear just about the time the last of the houses playing "Advanced" closes. So endeth the first lesson. PITTSBURG NEW HOUSE OPENED. Pittsburg, Dec. 20. The Auditoriu?. Theatre, South High- land Avenue, opened last week to fair business considering adverse weather con- ditions. The house plays five acts twice a day, and is located in about the same relation to the amusement and business centres of the city as 125th street in New York. L. H. Haines and Samuel Hausaker, the latter a Chicago showman, are the pro- moters. W. S. Cleveland, the New York agent, supplies the attractions. REFUSED K. & E. BOOKING. Kansas City, Dec. 20. At the Shubert this week, W. S. Harvey and Company, the jugglers, are not on the program, although routed here by the Klaw & Erlanger booking office in New York. The American Theatre Company, which manages the Shubert, declined to play the act, as it only recently played here. It is understood Mr. Harvey was notified by the New York headquarters to report at the theatre, and if refused admission, to 'lay off" for the week, looking to Klaw & Erlanger for his salary. Edith Helena, who is playing here at present, was inclined to miss the Sunday performances, but (finally concluded to play, and did so^ opening Sunday night. She was advised from New York that her appearance at an illegal performance could not be demanded. "GERMAN ROSE" DIES SUDDENLY. Pittsburg, Dec. 20. A girl only known at Vendergrift, Pa., as "German Rose," dropped dead there last Saturday while entering the Ameri- can Hotel. Sne was to appear at the Star in the evening. Her name is Rose Wolff, and she lived in New York City. Friends were noti- fied. HENRY S. WILLARD DIES. Henry S'. Willard, of the Willard Reper- toire Company and a brother-in-law of Ed. F. Rush, of Weber & Rush, died at the hitter's home on 138th street Monday morning. The body was taken to London, Canada, for burial. MANAGER MARRIES IN OFFICE. Sioux City, la., Dec. 20. During the matinee at the Family one day last week a marriage ceremony was performed in the business office of the house by which Manager George G. Leh- man and Frankie Fay Talbott, of Indian- apolis, were made man and wife. Miss Talbott was until recently lead- ing woman with a traveling company playing "The Maid and the Mummy." The couple met while she was a member of Richard Carle's Company. David Beeh- ler, manager of the Orpheum, officiated as best man at the wedding. Mr. Lehman was for many years con- nected with the Bijou Circuit of theatres, and before that was with the Ringling Brothers' Circus for four years. He took charge of the local Family last summer. LAST OF GRAND OPERA HOUSE. To-day, or possibly to-morrow, is the last for vaudeville in the Grand Opera House, Brooklyn, under the management of Klaw & Erlanger. Richard Golden was booked for the Western time this week. He opens at the Majestic, Chicago, Monday next. UNITED ROUTING no ACTS. The United Hooking Offices is now rout- ing 110 "Klaw & Erlanger acts," this num- ber having been transferred by the K. & E. vaudeville headquarters since the settlement agreement went into effect. There will be about twenty more within the next two weeks, to be followed by the others remaining as the different K. & E. houses close.