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Joe Solano commented about RKO Jefferson Theatre on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm

But the ads mention that the they had vaudeville acts at a certain time and date, don’t they? This would just confirm how old I must have been when seeing them. The details would be helpful but I have the general vaudeville productions in my memory. I can see in my mind the pianist who served as the band director conducting the performers on stage and the musicians in the pit. It was a small band of some five to six pieces but they were excellent, enormously dynamic.

The NYT ad would be only an inspiring memento as I work on possible vaudeville productions on the Oregon Coast. I could make a poster collage of varied vaudeville ads.

Anyway, that’s kind of my imaginative game that I would really enjoy. I do produce many shows out here but vaudeville has been in the back of my mind for decades, all because of the wonderful experiences I had at the Jefferson Theater and occasionally at the Academy of Music a block further west on 14th St.

Thanks for any mementos I might receive. Thanks to anyone who can provide newspaper clippings or posters of Jefferson Theater vaudeville.

Joe Solano
Joe Solano commented about RKO Jefferson Theatre on Jan 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Wow! I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if I was there. How do you get this information and is there anyway you could send me a digital photo these ads?

It’s a significant part of my early life and it’s leading me to try and produce some vaudeville shows as I remember them.

Thanks for any help you can offer in this.

Joe Solano
Joe Solano commented about RKO Jefferson Theatre on Jan 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Do you have an actual date for the ad?

Thanks.

Joe Solano
Joe Solano commented about RKO Jefferson Theatre on Jan 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Thanks AlAlvarez. Do you have a link for that?

Joe Solano
Joe Solano commented about RKO Jefferson Theatre on Jan 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I live in Oregon now but I spent a lot of my youth in that theater, even seeing numerous vaudeville shows which I enormously enjoyed, sitting right by the orchestra pit. I’d be fascinated to know what was the year the last vaudeville show was performed as I might have been right there. I know it was just on weekends.

Tinseltoes, you mentioned they were still doing vaudeville into the 1950’s. Maybe someone can come up with an actual last year.

Thanks.

Joe Solano
Joe Solano commented about RKO Jefferson Theatre on May 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

Here’s a very early photo of the Jefferson Theater:

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I’d love to have more information on the theater’s late vaudeville era in the 1940s and perhaps even in the early fifties if it was still happening.

Thanks.

Joe Solano
Joe Solano commented about RKO Jefferson Theatre on Sep 22, 2009 at 11:41 am

That cut off question above should read, “I would like to know when the last vaudeville show was given at the Jefferson Theater.”

Thanks.

Joe Solano
Joe Solano commented about RKO Jefferson Theatre on Sep 22, 2009 at 11:37 am

Thanks to everyone who posted on the Jefferson Theater. I grew up in that neighborhood and was practically a weekly patron of that theater and others in that area. I attended many, many vaudeville shows on weekends that were performed after the movies were shown and I would sit right in front of the orchestra. It was absolutely stunning and unforgettable for a kid of 4â€"10 years. And all this for 25 cents! I saw fabulous acts that left indelible imprints in my mind and given me a profound love for live theater. The Academy of Music also had spectacular live shows which I attended.

I would like to know when the last vaudeville show

I came to this site because I’m contemplating producing vaudeville on a very small scale where I now live in Oregon and the authenticity I visualize comes primarily from my experiences at the Jefferson Theater. There are many talented people who, like in the old days, would like an opportunity to showcase their art. A live small orchestra/band with a minimum of piano, trombone, trumpet, drums and bass can pull it off.

Thanks again and keep the information flowing on this site that I’ve bookmarked.

Joe Solano