Variety (April 1912)

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12 VARIETY POX BUILDING ANOTHER ONE UP IN TH E TREMO NT SECTION Plans Filed for "Small Timer" Seating 2,500, Ready October 1. Placing Enclosed Roof Seating 1,800 on Riverside. Increasing Capacity of ~ Nemo to 2,000 It will soon become necessary to have a large map of Greater New York with red bulbs indicating where the new theatres are and are going to be, if the present ratio of building operations keeps up. Wednesday William Fox filed plans for a new theatre seating 2,600, to be located on Tremont avenue, between Park and Washington. That is on the far uptown's east side, in a populous and, busy neighborhood, where Mr. Fox resides. He says his Tremont house will be the daddy of them all, so the neighbors can's make faces at him as a theatre erector. The plot is L shape, 225x200x125 with a 100-foot extension for lobby running into a 50-foot frontage en- trance on Tremont avenue. Over this will be an office and loft building. The entire proposition will represent about $650,000. On the west side of upper New York, at 166th-166th streets and Broadway, Mr. Fox is now building the Washington Heights Hippodrome, which will seat 2,800. The Fox Cir- cuit at present is comprised of about ten theatres. For two of these. Riverside and Nemo, alteration plans were filed this week, also with the Building Depart- ment. The Riverside (96th street and Broadway) is to have an enclosed roof, capable of accommodating 1,800 people. It will open by August 1, and offer a show the year round. The plans for the Nemo (110th street and Broadway) call for an in- creased capacity to 2,000, an addition of 800, which will be obtained by bringing the orchestra and balcony out nearer the street (Broadway). WIIiLAliD MAKING CALLIOPES. Chas. D. Wlllard has found a use for the plot of ground recently pur- chased by him at Edgewater, N. J., just across the Hudson from New York. Mr. Willard has his factory and offices at Palisades, N. J., but In securing a site further down the river, did so to manufacture calliopes. Since operating one of the bally* hoos for his several "Temple of Mu- sic" turns, Mr. Willard has been be- sieged by offers to rent the machines. Needing them himself, and the vari- ous managers he plays for highly recommending them as an added at- traction to his act, Mr. Willard is go- ing to furnish the crowd catchers to others, who may purchase a calliope outright from him or rent it on roy- alty. HIGHEST PAID LEADER. Chicago, April 3. The highest paid vaudeville musical director in this country is Victor Hol- laender, at the new Palace. He is re- ported to receive $200 weekly. This entails upon Mr. Hollaender the com- position of an operatic score once yearly for Martin Beck, while his two- year agreement remains in force. For his part of the contract this year, Hollaender has contributed the music of "A Modern Eve," opening to- morrow night under the direction of Mort Singer. Beck has an Interest in it. The show will play the Garrick here. It was first announced for the Palace, but later the vaudeville policy for that house was decided upon. IRISH SINGER HURT. Stamford, Conn, April 3. Haldee Fltzsimmons, of Six Irish Singers, appearing at the Lyceum Theatre, while scuffling with Adelaide McGovern, another member of the act, fell on the steps of the Hollender House on Bell street, breaking her collar bone. Mollle Wood was phoned for to New York, and after a fifteen minute rehearsal joined the turn for the night show. SAVAGE LIONESS. New Orleans, April 3. "Sultana," a lioness with the King Edward shows exhibiting here, sprang upon Trainer Grant (known as Kali- lar), Tuesday, and painfully injured him, the latter escaping from the cage la time to save his life. "Nero," another lion with the Ehow, recently attacked Trainer Albert Al- berger and killed him. S-C'S "HOUSEBOAT" ACT. The Jesse L. Lasky act, "A Night on a House Boat," will be taken out of its camphor clothes by Jesse L. Lasky, for a trip over the Sullivan-Considine Circuit, commencing in May next. JACK SHEA'S ACTS. The ovals on Variety,' 8 front page of this issue are occupied by five of the thirty or more vaudeville turns under the direction of Jack Shea. GOING TO SOUTH AMERICA. Harry Relchenbach sailed yes- terday for Buenos Ayres, as the rep- resentative of the French-American Film Co., with authority to dispose of territorial rights for the Dante's "In- ferno" films throughout South Amer- ica with the exception of Brazil, al- ready sold. Mr. Relchenbach is familiar with that country* having toured there with the Great Raymond. It is claimed he was a "horse" for the Great Ray- mond's "hypnotic stunt," and that every time he asked for salary was "put to sleep" by the hypnotist until such time as he proved more amenable to reason. UPPER B'WAY $150,000 HOUSE. The Bradhurst Construction & Amusement Co., 35 Bond street, has accepted plans for a new theatre and office building costing $160,000, at Broadway and 145th street. LENGTHEN STAY IN PORTO RICO. On top of a cable received by Free- man Bernstein, Monday, that manager wired his partner at Ponce, Porto Rico, to extend the engagement of all artists sent down there to double the original time contracted for. Mr. Bernstein's vaudeville show for the Island opened Sunday at Ponce, with Frank Keeney, the partner, in charge. Mr. Keeney cabled that over 2,000 people were turned away at the first show Sunday evening. Mr. Bernstein gave away another cigar as he imparted the glad tidings, and exhibited the cablegram as evi- dence, remarking that somehow when- ever he copped out a good thing, somebody else always got in on it. The next batch of vaudevillians for Porto Rico will leave April 13, if Mr. Keeney continues sending the high pressure wires. MUSEUM IN DETROIT. Detroit, April 3. Caile & Kunsky have planned a busy building season. They expect to start work as soon as possible on two new ten cent theatres on Woodward avenue. This firm at present controls the Col- umbia, Majestic, Empire and Majestic. Caile & Kunsky take possession of the five-story building, 237 Woodward, and after certain alterations are made will install a museum. This will bo Detroit's first curio hall In ten years. BELASCO PIECE READY. "Madame Butterfly," the David Be- lasco vaudeville production, has started for St. Paul, where it opens at the Orpheum, April 7, instead cf at St. Louis as at first announced. A dress rehearsal was held at the Republic, New York, last Sunday evening, attended by invitation. Some critics of the dailies were present. The Orpheum Circuit, through Mar- tin Beck, has agreed with Mr. Belasco that his sketches Bhall be carted away and returned to New York, without any further expense on Belasco's part than to pay the company car- ried. "Madame Butterfly" will appear in Chicago, May 6, probably at the Palace. "The Drums of Oude" is the next playlet to follow under the Be- lasco banner. Concerned in the production of "Butterfly" was nearly the entire Be- lasco staff of executives, including M. Groh, Billy Dean, Louis Hart man, Chaa. Carson, A. Walker and William Furst, who composed the original mu- sic for it. Mr. Furst with his or- chestra came over from the Empire to the Republic Sunday night, to furn- ish the incidental music. It was the first time an orchestra had been heard in the Republic for eight years. The Belasco theatres manage to survive without overtures or entre'act melo- dies, at an annual saving to Mr. Be- lasco of about $26,000 for his two New York houses. St. Paul, April 3. Due to the illness of Cissy Loftus, who was to have headlined the Or- pheum program next week, the David Belasco production of "Madame But- terfly" will take Miss Loftus' place on the program. Miss Loftus was taken ill at Winni- peg last week. Her physicians have advised the mimic to take a short rest. HARRY WEBER BOOKS GRIPPE. Harry Weber (Albee, Weber & Evans) has been confined to his home of late with grippe. He is now on the convalescent list. JESSIE BUSLEY IN "MISS 818." "MiBS 318" is a vaudeville sketch with fourteen people, headed by Jes- sie Busley. It is a satire on a de- partment store, and will "try out" at Yonkers next week. Solly Schwartz is manfully trying to keep Yonkers off the "H. H." cir- cuit. Solly says he can make offers now without crying, and realizes peo- ple must eat once in a while. YOUNG'S PIER, ATLANTIC CITY. After the Fire. NEXT BRONX HOUSE. An office building and theatre, seat- ing 2,500 and costing $300,000, will be built at the northwest corner of Westchester and Bergen avenues by the Henry Morgenthau Co. for the Prospect theatre owners, Friedenricb, Gersten & Baer. Architects Thos. W. Lamb and Buchmann & Fox have prepared the plans. It will have a frontage on West- chester avetoue of 135 feet and a depth on Bergen avenue of 200 feet.