Seeking info on Percival “Patty” Roberts

posted by rennie on December 27, 2005 at 9:44 am

NEW YORK, NY — Hello, I am looking for information on my great-grandfather, Percival “Patty” Roberts who died on Staten Island in the early 1960’s.

My great-grandfather was the stage manager/electrician at the Palace Theater, I assume on Staten Island, but could be the one in Manhattan?? Possibly at the turn of the century, 19-twenties? I have old photos of him at a switchboard backstage which looks to be about six feet wide by eight feet tall, lots of “Frankenstein” switches.

I remember him smoking cigars and calling me “wildwoman” when I was about three. He died shortly after that. He knew a lot of vaudeville stars, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, etc.

My grandmother, Florence Adelaide Roberts, would fill in between acts singing opera on stage as a little girl.

Thank You!

Florence M. “Rennie” (Castle) Miller
1060 Rock Road
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

Comments (3)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 27, 2005 at 2:19 pm

There were two Palace Theatres on Staten Island, listed in the Film Daily Yearbook;edition 1927. They are not large and may not have been used for stage shows, however here goes:
Palace Theatre, Port Richmond seating capacity 961
Palace Theatre, Tottenville seating capacity 450

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 27, 2005 at 2:24 pm

The Palace Theatre, Tottenville is the older of these two theatres as it is listed as being open in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915.

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