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There’s an old Nashville story of which several versions have been told. Put simply it has been said that when Emma Abbott (mentioned above) was here to open the new Vendome, she went to Sunday service at McKendree Methodist in the next block and was shocked to hear the minister attack the opening of the new theater and the acting profession in general. The story goes that Miss Abbott rose to her feet and defended her profession and the people in it. Varying reactions from the congregation have been reported. Some claim that when the closing hymn was sung, everyone else remained silent so they could hear Miss Abbott’s voice.
I went to a theater in the Bronx in 1947 to see a friend of my dad’s who was appearing there in vaudeville. Can anyone tell me which Bronx theaters had vaudeville at that time? Many thanks Dave Price
I just happened to run across a 1916 trade mag with mention of Nashville’s Bijou (recently opened) and Elite (I assume the one on Fifth Ave.
Try this link:
David: I have the cut-out story but apparently failed to write down the date of it. A pic of Lou says “Banner Photo by Bob Ray,” so that tells us which paper. Mark Howard wrote the story caled, “Soft-Shoe, Popcorn Carts, & Marx Brothers.” There’s a mention on the back of Gov Alexander, so that helps with the date.
Thanks, TLSLoews. I’ve been here all along. Just haven’t said much lately.
There was a great article about Lou Rubenstein maybe twenty years ago in one of the papers. I used to run into him in the Shoney’s on Murphy Road when he lived nearby. Fascinating old Crescent man.
Danny52: The original Grand was on Cherry Street (now Fourth Ave) north of Cedar (now Charlotte) and burned November 8, 1902. The name Grand was immediately carried to the former Masonic which was on the north side of Church Street at 422, whereas the New Princess was on the south side in the same block at 415 starting in 1951. There had very briefly been a Parthenon Theater on the south side at 411 in 1915-1916.
Just for the record and to whoever wrote the opening comment above, the Capitol Blvd address and the Sixth Ave address are the same building; the ole Knick had two entrances, one on each of these streets.
Great pic, TLSLOEWS. To the youngsters looking at this, the main part of this property facing Church Street was occupied by the Jackson Building, the Princess lobby was on the westerly (right) side over next to McKendree Methodist and the auditorium was at the back of the property, behind the Jackson Bldg.
Old timers recall eating at Shackletts in the Jackson Bldg. They had a bread cart that came around and you could pick what you wanted.
Most things that I recall fondly do not exist any more!!
I believe she was a life-long artist. That’s how I met her as she was a long-time friend of Chris Tibbott who taught art here in Nashville for many years and after whom the art wing of the University School is named.
He was married to Marie Sudekum (no t). I knew Marie but not Porter.
No I didn’t work in the booth but I was a good union billposter in my young days. I bet you remember old Mac who managed the Capitol and then the Bordeaux- I posted a lot of paper with him. That was in the winter, in the summer I was off with the circus. Oops- I’m going to air all my old linen here if I don’t watch it.
I’m sure you’re right, Mike. Everywhere you look there’s some cheaper way to run things. And of course there are experienced people sitting at home unable to find work.
I’m glad I’m an old man and have had my day- sure wouldn’t want to start over in today’s world.
I’ll just sign as “The Old Grouch”
(I’d rather be a has-been than a never-was)
This pic looks like the mid-fifties from the THREE Fords lined up abreast at the traffic light. Boy have I been right here many times!
I have a LOT of Paramount lobby photos, but I don’t know how to post them here.
That is an excellent piece on the old Roxy and its neighborhood.
In 1923 my mother’s family briefly lived across Meridian from this property and she attended Glenn School nearby. Then some years later one of her sisters lived several blocks up Meridian from this point when she was married to Paul Roark, the son of the barber you mention. During those years I have attended the Roxy with my cousins, the children of the Roarks.
The Roxy business district used to be a very nice safe area and I hope the new owners will return that to the neighborhood.
My only response is that the Paramount used to have kiddie clubs on Saturday mornings- apparently under more than one name- and maybe this happened there. This is the sort of thing that Ed Jordan later did at the Bellemeade.
Today there was a full obit telling of his starting at the Paramount in 1930 as an usher. Also a young picture of him. He was born on 11/11/11 (Nov 11, 1911) and died 1/15/11 (Jan 15, 2011).
Did anyone else notice in the Tennessean where Ben H Garrett, age 99, had died? Mr Garrett took over management of the Paramount from Charles Amos in the mid-to-late 1940s. Russ McCown told me probably fifteen or more years ago that he was then working as night watchman at the L&C Tower.
I wonder if you mean Richland Park? Sylvan Part is a neighborhood roughly extending from 42nd to 51st on the south side of Charlotte.
Oh God, tisloews, don’t tell me you follow football.
That was the stage door of the Orpheum facing the Capitol Blvd side of the Knickerbocker. The front of the Orpheum faced 7th Avenue and there’s the rub. The Orph was opened as a vaudeville theater and vaude depended on foot traffic out front. No one ever walked up or down 7th Ave except to get uphill to the YMCA or downhill to Church Street. There was no crowd of people as there was on Church Street and so they failed as a venue for vaude.
It was then decided to make it a playhouse, in other words they booked roadshows of various kinds and in that role they prospered for a number of years. Stock companies presenting several plays, minstrel shows, magic shows, light opera companies and the occasional cinematic production were booked into the old Orpheum. Older Nashvillians know that during the Great Depression the Edward Bellamy Players went broke at the Orpheum and Mrs. Inez Bassett Alder bought the props and wardrobe for the Hume-Fogg dramatic department.
For awhile I was able to get every issue of Nashville Retropect but my wife broke her hip in December then then I had a stroke in April and we were both in a nursing home for quite awhile. Since then I have been somewhat resticted in getting around so can’t get back to the place I usually got these. I have some pix of the Paramount lobby I might be able to post someday.
tisloews: I was in that sign shop over fifty years ago. The guy who did the work up there was Monk Ferguson. Those windows above the marquee were the sign shop windows, the shop being right over the lobby entrance.
We lived in Washington in 1947 and my dad used to meet me and my mother every Friday after work to see vaudeville at the Loew’s Capitol. Of course we watched the movie too but it was the vaude we went for. My mother was once picked from the audience to direct Sammy Kaye’s orchestra and I still have the souvenir autographed baton he gave her. They also had “Follow the Bouncing Ball” singing between pictures. It was a great theater and I love to think about those days of my youth.