Comments from Will Dunklin

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Will Dunklin commented about Delft Theatre on Aug 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm

A single line entry in The Motion Picture World, April 24, 1915, page 591, says “The Delft, at Escanaba, has put into use its new $5000 pipe organ.” That certainly gives a timeframe for when movies began to be shown here.

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Will Dunklin commented about Broadway Theater on Aug 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Wurlitzer installed a pipe organ, their opus 54, a style ‘3’ 2 manuals, 7 ranks and percussions in this hall early in 1915.

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Will Dunklin commented about State Theatre on Jul 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm

First rate detective work Joe!

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Will Dunklin commented about State Theatre on Jul 7, 2014 at 6:33 pm

I’ve been following the trail of Reproduco organs (photoplayer) mentioned in an ad from 1926. There are two references to Pawhuska OK in that ad. One is for the Jackson Theatre and there is a suggestion that the Jackson might have been owned by one Albert Jackson. The other reference in the ad is the sale of photoplayer to F.B. Pickrell also of Pawhuska. Any thoughts which hall Mr. Pickrell owned? If the State was around in 1924, it would be a candidate. (Of course, Reproducos other market was funeral homes, so for all we know Mr. Pickrell might have been a mortician!)

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Will Dunklin commented about Barton Theatre on Jul 7, 2014 at 10:23 am

To accompany the silent movies, R. Lewis Barton bought a Reproduco organ for the Barton Theatre sometime between 1920 and 1926.

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Will Dunklin commented about Jewel Theatre on Jul 7, 2014 at 9:53 am

There is a 1926 advertisement for Reproduco Organs which lists one of their “satisfied customers” as Anton Slepka of Okemah Oklahoma. It would seem Pop Slepka upgraded the musical accompaniment after buying the Jewell.

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Will Dunklin commented about Sequoyah Theater on Jun 24, 2014 at 7:06 am

The Sequoyah is listed in a 1926 ad for Reproduco Organs as one of their satisfied customers. Reproduco reportedly started selling organs to theatres in 1916.

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Will Dunklin commented about Oklahoma Theatre on Jun 24, 2014 at 6:53 am

A 1926 advertisement for Reproduco Organs lists the Oklahoma Theatre as one of their satisfied customers. Reproducos were very modest “photoplayers” half player piano, half sound effects machine and half pipe organ. (!) Because of their piano roll mechanisms, they were popular in remote areas where a capable musician might not be available to accompany silent pictures day after day after day after day. Reproduco (reportedly) had some of the best musical arrangements around.

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Will Dunklin commented about Strand Theatre on Jun 24, 2014 at 6:45 am

The Strand is listed in a 1926 advertisement for Reproduco Organs as one of their satisfied customers.

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Will Dunklin commented about Cozy Theatre on Jun 24, 2014 at 6:40 am

In my research about Reproduco organs I’ve got a listing from 1926 for the Cozy Theatre in Hollis, OK. That implies the 1928 hall was the second Cozy in town. To my ear, the name Cozy seems an unusual name for a theatre, but I’m finding a number of halls scattered around the mid-west with that name. Were they part of chain? In Joe’s link I see a reference to G.A. Peterson. Local developer? Theatre chain executive?

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Will Dunklin commented about Strand Theatre on Jun 24, 2014 at 6:32 am

Here’s another one: The Moving Picture World, June 2, 1917. In the classified ads: FOR SALE: Gem Theatre, Hobart, Indiana; modern; vaudeville, pictures, 382 seats; two motor Simplex machines, transverter, orchestrion; making money.

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Will Dunklin commented about Grand Theatre on Jun 24, 2014 at 6:12 am

Was this one of Walmur’s theatres?

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Will Dunklin commented about Dunkin Theatre on Jun 24, 2014 at 6:08 am

DavidDynamic: speaking as an architect interested in old theatres, it’s not unusual in old halls to have fewer exits, or types of exits, from the balcony than is currently allowable. No one in theatre design or codes enforcement has ever forgotten the tragedy of the Iroquois Theatre fire (Chicago) even 100 years later. So yes, if there’s the slightest hint of danger to the audience, the balcony will be closed to the public. Sad but better safe than sorry.

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Will Dunklin commented about Walmur Theater on Jun 24, 2014 at 5:56 am

The Walmur Amusement Company, Bristow, is listed in a 1926 Advertisement for Reproduco organs. Did Walmur Amusement own other theatres in town during the early 1920’s or was this their only hall?

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Will Dunklin commented about Empire Theatre on Jun 24, 2014 at 5:28 am

The original Empire had a Reproduco Photoplayer. It’s mentioned in a 1926 advertisement from Reproduco organs as being one of their satisfied customers.

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Will Dunklin commented about Strand Theatre on Jun 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Joe, Well. Theatre owners and the names on their halls. Sometimes all you can do at this point is look heavenward and sigh.

My contribution to this story is the listing in a 1926 advertisement for Reproduco organs that listed the Strand in Lincoln as a satisfied customer.

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Will Dunklin commented about Sun Theatre on Jun 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm

The Sun Theatre is mentioned in a 1926 advertisement for Reproduco Organs. Reproducos were fairly modest instruments, and all (to my knowledge) were equipped with roll players – a useful option in a place where there might not be a musician always on hand who could credibly play during a silent movie.

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Will Dunklin commented about Hollywood Theatre on Jun 17, 2014 at 7:29 am

Dannh- yes, you’re right. I just looked at Google Earth and the building is still standing and occupied by a law office. (Seems like it would be a rather dark law office.) Thanks for the update.

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Will Dunklin commented about Princess Theater on Jun 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Andrew, I too am trying to find the Dreamland and the Palace.

The October 1914 Sanborn map for Bowling Green shows the theatre at 430-432 Main but doesn’t give a name. It does show the outline of the balcony.

The January 1909 Sanborn map shows a storefront Moving Picture Theatre (again no name) at 411 Park Row, the other side of the square from the Princess. The little theatre at 411 is no longer there in the 1914 map.

Regarding the Palace, several maps show the Potter Opera House at yet a 3rd location on the square. A fairly substantial building, it is conceivable it was renamed Palace at a later date.

BTW, smoe, not all, the Kentucky Sanborn maps are available on line for free – not all states – but KY and a handful of others. Not all the KY maps are there, but up into the teens for some towns.

http://genealogy.about.com/od/historical_maps/tp/Sanborn-Fire-Insurance-Maps-Online.htm

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Will Dunklin commented about Grand Theatre on Jun 1, 2014 at 6:03 pm

The Grand had a Reproduco Photoplayer to accompany the silent movies.

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Will Dunklin commented about Royal Theatre on May 31, 2014 at 9:15 pm

The Strand is one of about 200 locations mentioned in an ad for Reproduco Pipe Organs.

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Will Dunklin commented about Strand Theatre on May 31, 2014 at 9:11 pm

The Strand had a Reproduco organ.

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Will Dunklin commented about World in Motion Theater on May 31, 2014 at 7:34 pm

The World in Motion Theatre is one of about 200 satisfied customers listed in a late 1920’s ad for Reproduco Pipe Organs. Reproduco’s market was smaller theatres so Ken’s mention of 350 seats sounds exactly right.

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Will Dunklin commented about El Theatre on May 31, 2014 at 6:55 pm

The Weeks Theatre is listed in an ad for Reproduco Pipe Organs as being one their satisfied customers.

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Will Dunklin commented about Ritz Theatre on May 31, 2014 at 6:49 pm

The Tripp County Historical Society has reproduced a newspaper article on their website from May 30 1929 says “Gov. Wm. J. Bulow was the guest speaker at the Cosmo (Ritz) Theatre. Bulow known as a cracker-box humorist, with a drawl, and a bull’s-eye tobacco spitter…”

From a different source, a Reproduco Pipe Organ advertisement from the later 1920’s mentions the Cosmo Theatre, Winner, South Dakota, as being one of their satisfied customers, indicating either a small pipe organ or a photoplayer located here.