Variety (March 1925)

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Wcdnesflay, March 4, 1925 VAUDEVILLE VARIETY I NORTH SIDE OF CHL SEWED UP BY ORPHEUf S DEAL WITH IL & S. Yery Important in Vaudeville and Picture Way— Line-up of Theatres on Chicago's North Side— Chateau Stands in Between Chicago, March 3. An important deal locally and one that will tie up the North Side for vaudeville and picture entertain- ment was consummated last week between Aaron Jones, of Jones, Lln- nite engagement at the house Sat- ick & Schaefer. Balaban & Katz and the Orpheum Circuit. Negotia- tions between the Arms and the Orpheum Circuit had been pending for quite some time. The Dlversoy parkway theatre will offer a combination program Vlth the State-Lake policy. Seven acts and a feature will form the program, with the vtfndeville and pictures being booked out of Chi- cago. The house, according to the prog- ress being made In const'ructlon, will be completed by May. It will have a ■eating capacity of 3,100. Thia will be the largest house on the North Side until the Uptown the- atre being constructed by Balaban ft Katz opens. Chateau Sandwiched With the Orpheum having control of the Riviera, slated to play vaude- ville next season and the newly ac- Qulred Dlversey parkway, the bal- ance of the North Side theatres of- fering vaudeville, i)Icture8 or both will be sandwiched in. This will mostly affect the Cha- teau, operated by the Ascher Brothers, and booked by Pantages and Loew. The Dlversey is located In the 2700 block on Clark street, the Chateau is in the 3800 block, and the Riviera in the 4800 block. This brings the Chateau directly in the midst of the three leading North Side theatres. When the Uptown theatres opens, playing the B. and K. policy, it will automatically revert the Riviera, the B. and K. North Side house, into a combination picture and vaude policy. Another North Side pic- ture palace tWat will feel the loss of trade will be the Pan- theon, a Lubliner and Trlnz house, which will find the Uptown and Riviera theatres strong oppo- Bltion. The Uptown will have ex- clusive first-run of all features, with the Riviera offering better vaudeville. The Riviera la within a stone's throw of the Uptown, with the Pantheon being only four blocks away from both. It Is estimated that the drawing population from the North Side residential district la between 700,000 and 800,000. B, ft K. were at first offered the inanagement of the Dlversey park- way, but found that the combina- tion policy would bo a llttl^ too diffi- cult for them to handle, and turned the matter over to the Orpheum Circuit and automatically cutting themse^es a piece of the cake. Balaban ft Katz, and Jones, Llnlck & Schaefer, are all financially in- terested In the pi-oject, and will share on the profits as well as the losses, all being equal partners ' with the Orph managing the project. TESTIMONY AT WASH. Explanation of E. F. Albee's With- drawal—Congreatman Connery Exposes Professionals STALLING INDEPENDENT AGENTS NOT FOOLING S. T. BOOKERS LINDEE'S UPSTATERS Jack Llnder, Independent vaude- ville booker, has added three new bouses to his books. They are the Liberty, Herkimer, N. Y., playing four acts on the first half; Madi- son, Oneida, N. Y., four acts on the last half, and the State, Oswego, N. Y., four acts on both halves. Booking of the latter house will not ];>a88 over to Linder until March 13. Washington, March 3. With William P. Connery, Jr. (DO of Massachusetts, known as the actor-congressman, on the Select House Committee Investigating the activities of the National Disabled Soldiers' League, coupled with the appearance of Maurice Goodman, attorney for the Keith Vaudeville Exchange, and Roland Robbins, manager of the local Keith house, before the committee last week— the sponsoring of this league by E. F. Albee and his subsequent withdrawal from its support was aired. Not only was Mr. Albee's connection discussed, but the pro- fession, both the vaudeville and legit performer, were given a boost for their thrift as well as their gen- erosity. Mr. Albee's connection was ex- plained by Mr. Qoodman, who tes- tified that the head of the Ke4th- Albee vaudeville interests was on the advisory board of the soldiers' league. Following some difficulties as to the payment of acts during a series of benefit performances for the league in Boston at the Arling- ton theatre It was stated that Mr. Albee not only wrote the other mem- bers of the board to the effect that he did not believe the league offi- cials were acting squarely, but also. In retiring, advised the heads of the soldiers' orga.ilzatlon to the effect that he did not believe they were playing fair with the public In the methods they were utilising in han- dling the donations received. Prefession I* Charitable During the testimony the charit- able work of the profession was forcibly brought out, not only by Mr. Robbins of Keith's, but also by Congressman Connery, who went into considerable, detail as to Just what was done throughout the war. and how the various acts were even now each and every week giving their services free to entertain the soldiers at the local hospitals here in Washington and elsewhere. One witness appearing before the committee stated that actors never sent their money home. This was brought out when Connery was try- ing to run down some bank deposits made by this particular witness. Connery, In contradicting the wit- nee, stated that he (Connery) was an actor for 12 years and that every Monday morning not only he but every other performer on the bill was either at the post office or ex- press office "sending a stlpulatod weekly amount of their earnings home." The ■ congressman stated that many of the suburban towns around New York City, which were show places, were entirely owned by professionals—"who had sent their money home each week." Novelty Acts Needed for Independent Bills—House Managers Demand More Than Routine Programs and Bo<^ers Taking Heed i MISS HAYNES ELEVATED; HEADLINING SINGLE GEOKGIE WOOD In Wylie Tate's Production. The Hippodron^. London, Eng. The Playful Stalllte in London "Opinion" said: "But I've got to say that Wee Georgle Wood is a little genius; "little" only because nature has made him small. Had he been larger I feel confident there are few heights he could not have attained on the stage.** Direction ERNEST EDELSTEN Bert Hanlon Off List Bert Hanlon Is the first Keith- Albee act reported as taken from the available list for playing Loew's State, Cleveland, two weeks after completing an engagement at Keith's Palace, Cleveland. According to report Hanlon played the Loew house during an open week booking the date direct. RICCIAKDI IN "PAPA JOE" William RIcciardI will shortly ap- pear In vaudeville !n an abbreviated version of "Papa Joe," his former leplt play. The piece will be In two scenes .ind will run 24 minutes. He will have a supporting cast of four. J. J. Geller Wrote "Post" Story for Chas. K. Harris The forthcoming autobiography of Charles K. Harris In the "Satur- day Evening Post," "After the Ball, or 40 Years of Melody" was not written by Harris bat by J. J. Gel- ler, a publicity man with Universal (Pictures). Following Oeller'b work on the manuscript, he was forced to arbitrate with Harris on the money due him from Its sale Negotiations were begun laf-l November, it Is understood, and Ge!!er arranged for Its placing with the "Posi." Followii:g this, how- ever, it le said that Harris tried to sell It to "Liberty" using the "Post' bid aj an opener. "Liberty,' how- ever, d J not raise tie price. Geller has been u picture puo- • icity man for soverai years havini: been rersonal representatl/e lor Doucl^uf Fairbanks and Jackie Coogan. In the "Post" series, how- ever, Harris will ba credited with the authorship. TWINS DO IT AGAIN In the Picture Departmeot of this issue Is a story from Boston, recounting that the Siamese Twins broke another house record last week, at Loew's Orpheum. The Orpheum did over $30,000, Whereas the record as held by Jack Demp- sey had been Judt under that amount. Previously the Twins had broken the record at Loew's State. Newark, N. J., playing to 136,000, whereas the Demp- sey gross for that house had been |S1,000. The' Twins, privately the Hilton Sisters, have played but two Loew weeks, their first in eastern vaudeville, and shat- tered the house rebord for the gross In each. It Is the turn rejected by the big time bookers in New York as an unsuitable stage attrac- tion for vaudeville, the big timers classing It as a freak act. Played Exclusively for Four Years on Big Time—Head- lined First in Providence Mary Haynes was elevated to headline honors for the first time at the Albee-Provldence. From now on Misa Haynes will headline bills and take her place alongside of other feminine singles who have made their mark In vaudeville. Miss Haynes was first booked with the Keith office by Ralph Farnum, after another agent had unsuccessfully tried to interest the bookers. She "showed" at the Colonial. New York, and has never played for any other circuit since. This occurred about four years ago. Miss Haynes Is a character aong singer of exclusive songs. Farnum still books her. 2 LOEW THEATRES New Orleans, March S. In New Orleans today, Marcus Loew stated that he intends to erect two theatres, at Richmond and Norfolk. It will add two weeks to the Loew southern vaudeville route for next season. Mr. Loew said. Breese's Act by Cobb Edmund Breese Is in rehearsal with a vaudeville playlet by Irvin S. Cobb, entitled "ilappy New Years." Lewis A Gordon are producing the sketch. Novelty acts are in heavy demand with bookers of independent small timers, with the booking men offer- ing real money to acts that have not been played in the east. Complaints from bouse managers that they require something stronger than a routine vaudeville bill to attract business has the bookers on the qui vIve. The big time check up on acta that had previously been available for fill-In dates in the independents seems to have had Its effect in scaring them off, which has left the bookers with little new material to draw from, requiring them to com- pose their bills of "coast defenders" more or less familiar to the patron* of the Independents. The situation also has prompted the bookers to shako up the agents to secure new material. Althouprh no special francblM* have ob- tained In Independent booking of- fices it has been an open Moret that some agents have been favored above others; that as soon a« a newcomer mad* tb* favored list he stopped digging, figurine he was •et and had the booker where he wanted him by making him take whatever acta be bad available rather than hustle new materlaL The bookers are now only giving recognition to hustling agents and who are at least trying to dig up new material. These agent* are get- ting the gravy while the supposedly "sitting pretty** bunch ar* stalUncr around, lamenting thejr can't get their acts booked. 60 WEEKS FOR NORMAN Karyi Norpoan (Creole Fashion Plate) has been booked for 60 weeks by the Orpheum Circuit, the book- ing being one of the longest ever Issued by the circuit. Norman will play two weeks in each house, four weeks in San Francisco; five weeks in Chicago; three in St. Louis. In all -Junior Orpheum split week house* be will play a full week, and in addition will play 16 weeks for the Interstate Circuit (Texas) repeating over the circuit from the last week. This is Included In the 60 week announce- ment. Norman will change his \Bict when playing two weelis at a house and when playing full weeks in the split week houses. Charley Morrison arranged the long route. mjuBT sun St John. N. B., March 8. The Savoy theatre. Glace Bay, and John Connors, manager, are being made defendants In a suit in- stituted by J. J. MacDonnell, a po- lice sergeant, of Sydney. The action Is brought for as yet unnamed dam- ages because of injuries, including a broken leg, when improvised circus seats collapsed, throf^Ing the occu- pants to the floor of the theatre. The circus seats had been In- stalled to supplement the regular theatre seating capacity, the addi- tional eeats being placed on the stage. EDEISTEirB TRIP ABBOAO Willie Edelsten sailed on the Leviathan Saturday -to spend six weeks abroad looking over new play material and possible importation* for Shubert productions. J. J. Shubert left on the same l>oat. 8ALLIE FIELDS y££T nX Los Angeles, March •. Sallie Fields, former vaudevllllan, who has been confined to her bed for more than a year and who is now in a sanitarium at Cudahy t* reported In a critical condition with the physician* holding out no hope for her recovery. Frank Mayo in Vaude Frank Mayo, now east and work- ing on a First National picturA, will make hi* vaudeville debut thi* month with Eddi«r Riley handling I his bookings. NEW K..A. HOUSE IN N. H. A new Kelth-Albee house will be built in Manchester, N. H., to play pictures and vaudeville. It will give the Keith people two houses in the town. The other one Is the house which formed one of the six operated by the late Paul Keith and E. F. Albee. The erection of the new house Is believed to have a sentimental angle, as the town Is already heav- ily theatred for a city of its size GEfT^nmvmS! Variety Is weekly reaching subscribers 12 to 60 hours before the local newsstands receive it. There are no exceptions to this rule other than the "district" section* la New York, Chicago and Los An- geles. Subaeribm for and gt it — FIRST A «ubacrlption will consistently bring you Variety hour* t>efore it may be had from a newsstand, and, due to the yearly rate of %t. It is an actual saving of $3^40 against the 20c for single copies. Variety's subscription service has practically been doubled in speed with a view to eliminating the necessity of a permanent resident visiting a newsstand for a weekly issue. Fill out a subscription blank and let u* worry about making good on the 12 to 60 hours "beat" service. We have accomplished It, are doing It and will do It. This service has been Instituted for the sole purpose of the station- cry reader. 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