Novelty Theatre

610 Marin Street,
Vallejo, CA 94590

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The Novelty Theatre was an early movie theatre, located on the 600 block of Marin Street.

Contributed by Ken Roe, David Ducay

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

The Novelty Theatre at Vallejo was listed frequently in issue of The Billboard in 1908. It was primarily a vaudeville house, but often had movies as part of the show. The manager was Sam Mendelson.

The Novelty was also listed in the vaudeville theaters section of the 1906-1907 and 1908-1909 editions of the Cahn guide, with the booking agent listed as Bert Pittman, Novelty, Denver. Pittman was listed as booking agent for about twenty theaters, almost all in the west, many, but not all, called the Novelty.

Prof David Ducay
Prof David Ducay on November 26, 2013 at 6:42 am

Per the Bell Theater information: the Waldorf Theatre or Waldorf Corner (Waldorf Grill & Bar)as it was called, was owned by A.P. Rothenbush and the Soloon managed by William R. Acock. (located at 610 Marin Street)– On December 16 1901, it opened as a new ‘Refined Vaudeville’ show. In January 1904, it became the Novelty Theatre showing a combination of vaudeville and movies under the direction of the management of Arthur Payne. By March 1911, the Novelty Theatre was leased to John C. Campbell and George B. Richart who installed a first class picture machine and it reopened as the New Novelty Theatre.

An advertisement about the Novelty Theatre: I also found a vaudeville circuit advertisement in Billboard Vol XVII, No. 16, dated April 22, 1905 for the Vallejo Novelity Theatre.

Affiliated Western Vaudeville Circuit – Directors: -S. Morton Cohn, -Theodore Rothschild, -Henry Lubeliski; Managing Director: Tony Lubelski Novelity Theatres Vallejo, Ca.

Circuit Information: Sam’L Loverich, President – Tony Lubelski. Vice President and General Mgr. Other theatres listed Western Office Fischers, San Francisco; Novelity, Oakland; Grand, Reno Nv.

The Novelty Theatre in Oakland opened September 22, 1904, a part of the theater featured a penny arcade. One could imagine that the Vallejo Novelty was probably not as big but may have had a similar setup.

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