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dbarnaby commented about Pantages Theatre on Jul 30, 2004 at 10:23 pm


New Pantages Said to be Finest Vaudeville House West Of Chicago


Special Scenery and Decorations of the New Home of Vaudeville

The most beautiful and finest vaudeville theatre west of Chicago â€" is the claim made by the management of the new Pantages theatre which will be open next Monday night. That the claim is justified is the opinion of many, who have been privileged to view the interior of the new playhouse.

The theatre, which is now ready for occupancy represents an outlay of nearly $100,000 and is said to be as beautifully fitted and well arranged as any similar house on the Pacific Coast. In the auditorium there is room to seat 1246 people and every seat is so placed that a perfect view of the entire stage may be had. The stage measures 30 feet wide and is 38 feet in depth. This should give all the room necessary for the introduction of all acts in vaudeville now upon the stage.

Not the least important feature of the new theatre is the manner in which the exits and ventilating apparatus are arranged. There are twelve different places from which an audience can find access to the streets, and it is said that 1200 people can be let out of the house within two minutes. At both ends of the auditorium there have been placed large ventilating areas and along the sides of the theatre are air vents that will furnish an abundance of fresh ozone at all times. The place is to be heated by steam radiators, which have been freely distributed about the house.

The entire theatre is decorated in wine color with buff and gold trimmings and presents a most inviting appearance. The beautifully decorated boxes, four in number, are so located that the occupants may have a splendid view and yet not interfere with the view of the balance of the house. The scenery has been especially painted for the Pantages, and besides the great asbestos curtain there are some twenty odd “drops”.

The new playhouse will be under the management of Mr. G. A. Calvert, Prof. John Thrill will be the leader of the Pantages orchestra and the stage will be under the most capable management. Mr. Pantages and Mr. Timmons, his executive head, will give the theatre their personal attention and will endeavor to do all in their power to make the house success.

For the opening program the management has selected one of the strongest bills that has ever been presented in the West. Frank Hill, the English Lion Tamer will head the lion in his most daring feat of entering the massive cage of Wallace, the most ferocious lion in captivity, and subjecting the beast to docility. Bunth and Bud, eccentric comedians, dancers and burlesquers are next upon the program. They are said to be splendid. Mr. and Mrs. Chick, two of the best comedy playlet artists upon the vaudeville stage, will give their version of matrimonial mishaps. They have repeated this performance in Seattle and Portland a number of times and at each engagement have attracted large houses. The Rusticana Trio, real Italian street singers are very clever. As saxophone soloists Davey and Everson are known to be the best upon the American stage. They will render their best selection during the coming week. B. B. Vincent will be the vocalist in the illustrated songs. He is said to have a splendid voice. Besides these special acts, there will be Pantages bioscope with new moving pictures and other minor features.

The new house will open for the first time Monday evening at 7:15.

dbarnaby commented about Venue on Jul 30, 2004 at 10:17 pm

This theatre has been renovated into a nightclub named The Plaza, opened in 2002. The block lettered marquee remains, and has become a nice addition to the streets night life.