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Opened on November 14th, 1941.
Opened on August 7th, 1952…On that day, Joan Crawford made two guest appearances in the State’s lobby to greet fans. Jack Palance also turned up for one lobby appearance, but separately from Crawford, with whom he’d had problems during the production.
Opened on September 24th, 1942…Except for a classical overture by Johann Strauss, the stage show “Words and Music,” was entirely devoted to the works of Irving Berlin.
This series of biographical double features opened seventy-five years ago today on November 1st, 1938.
Opened on December 31st, 1941. The Christmas Show with “H.M. Pulham, Esq.” on screen proved such a disappointment that RCMH would not risk holding it over for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. An entire program change was required.
RCMH’s first Christmas Show since the USA entered World War II proved a major disappointment, probably due to the seriousness of both the times and the movie. The presence of sex goddess Hedy (“Ecstasy”) Lamarr perhaps also discouraged family attendance. The booking was replaced on December 31st (New Year’s Eve) with “Babes on Broadway” and a different stage show.
The stage show that opened for a week starting February 15th, 1935, marked the professional debut of teen-ager Ella Fitzgerald, who received ad billing at the right of the line below Pops & Louie. Ella had qualified for the job by winning an amateur contest at the rival Apollo Theatre two months before.
Opened sixty-eight years ago today, on November 1st, 1945, and rapidly broke all previous attendance records.
Opened on May 10th, 1944… While hardly one of Betty Grable’s best musicals, the Technicolor 20th-Fox release was titled to reflect her #1 standing with servicemen and the American public during the World War II era.
My Halloween mask for 2013.
Opened on March 24th, 1947…The comedy blockbuster hatched a very profitable series of “Ma and Pa Kettle” features, with Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride repeating the roles that they played in “The Egg and I.”
Advertised as Marvin Theatre in March, 1935.
Advertised on March 29th, 1930…The Broadway musical legend Marilyn Miller made her screen debut in “Sally,” which was based on the Ziegfeld stage production that made her an overnight star in 1920 at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
Held sixty-six years ago today on October 30th, 1947, which fell on a Saturday.
Advertised on February 14th, 1934.
Reported on October 29th, 1936.
Advertised on October 21st, 1936.
Reserved-seat engagement, advertised seventy-seven years ago today, on October 29th, 1936.
Advertised seventy-seven years ago today, on October 29th, 1936. The Strand was in its final days of “Cain and Mabel,” with Marion Davies and Clark Gable. This was during the lengthy period when the Strand had dropped stage presentations to focus exclusively on “talkies.” Short subjects augmented the features.
On the night of January 10th only.
Judging by the posh limousine at the curb, some VIPs were visiting the neighborhood at the time, perhaps electioneering.
Stage production wizard Leon Leonidoff rehearsed shows from a control board in the 12th row center of the orchestra floor. By just pushing buttons and talking through a built-in microphone, he could control 2,000 lighting effects on the stage and around the auditorium. The board was easily removable when not in use.
Opened on January 24th, 1946.
Advertised on October 31st, 1978. The Pix booking was exclusive for the Hollywood district.