Glockner's Automatic Theatre
262 S. Main Street,
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Thomas L. Tally opened his ‘Phonograph and Vitascope Parlour’, 311 South Spring Street in 1896. It was such a success that he re-located to larger premises at 338 South Spring Street in 1900. (one of these buildings was the Ramona Hotel, but I am not sure which).
In April 1902 Talley’s Electric Theatre (sometimes known as Tally’s All Electric Theatre) opened. It is probably the first building ever erected for the specific purpose of showing motion pictures and boasted the fact that it was the first exclusive "Motion Picture Theatre" in America. Advertised as ‘The Electric Theatre…262 South Main Street…New Place of Amusement…High Class Moving Picture Entertainment…Especially for Ladies and Children…See "The Capture of the Biddle Brothers" and "New York in a Blizzard"…Many other exciting scenes….Hour’s of Amusement and Genuine Fun….7.30 PM to 10.30 PM. The first nights business was so good that he added a Matinee for Children the following day. Ten days later the marquee was reading "A Vaudeville of Motion Pictures". It ran as the Electric Theatre until 15th June 1903. Tally then renamed it Lyric Theatre which re-opened on 18th July 1903 with 'Refined Vaudeville…New Moving Pictures. Continuous Performance. Admission 10cents.
In 1910 it is advertised as Glockner’s Automatic Theatre, 262 S. Main Street (opposite Levy’s) offering ‘one hour of clean entertainment’ for 5 Cents. Only the Best Association Pictures Exhibited. Every day continuous beginning at 12.00 noon. World’s feature pictures. America’s finest music by $5,000 Pianorchestra, $1,200 Harp and other instruments.
It had closed by 1930 (probably much before) but it is noted that the building was still existing in 1998.
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