Keith's Georgia opening

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Keith's Georgia opening - .'UUNt.-. SUNDAY. NOV&a'uLk 14. 1928. NC CO"...
.'UUNt.-. SUNDAY. NOV&a'uLk 14. 1928. NC CO" OUCTt" O 'V.A tSf 3 L JOMES JRK Simple Ceremony To Open Keith's Georgia Theater AH Atlanta awaits next Monday evening -when the latest addition to the city's group of playhouses will throw open its doors to the public. In keeping with the dignity and richness of "the theater beautiful" for such it might welt be called, the dedication ceremonies on the opening will be brief and simple. Governor Chtford alker has consented to make the presentation speech in the name of the state of Georgia, after whom the theater was named, to Mayor Sims who will accept, the theater on behalf of the citizens of Atlanta. After these brief addresses the regular performance will start with familiar "Jake" Matthiessen in the pit wielding the baton. For the opening bill, the management have extended themselves in securing five of the very best acts obtainable on the Keith circuit. Headlining this splendid program are Ethel Parker, local girl, and Fred Babb, who assists Miss Parker in "Bits of Personality." The Philippine Sextette, instrumentalists, are an augmentation to the Parker and Babb act and the entire combination proves one ef the best attractions playing the Keith houses. The Four Camerons, who are ju3t as popular with vaudeville audiences as the Four Mortons and the Four Huntings, are second in importance to this excellent bill, and offer their highly interesting and entertaining variety skit, "Like Father-Like Son," in which mother, father, sister nnd brother disport themselves for the i of the patrons. Another amusing sketch -will be presented by Arthur and Morton Havel, entitled "Oh Uncle." Assisting them in their farcical antics are Helen Lockhart and Charles Randolph. Sargent nnd Lewis, who disclaim any and all ability to sing, yet wish to be known as specialists in laugh lyrics occupy a prominent position on the bill and with their reputation as recording artists are certain to please the most fastidious with their songs and sayings. The Sis Sarattos. five men and a woman, offer a novel acrobatic turn in they form many picturesque poses like so much structural steel. Their work is quick as well as difficult. With the policy of this palatial new theater embracing a feature pic-tnre besides the elaborate vaudeville bill, an excellent first run release has been scured ia Laura LaPlante starring in '"Her Bag Night," a Universal Jewel production that was adapted from the story, "Doubling for Dap.i-ne," written ly a native Georgian, Peggy Gacldis, who resides in Augusta, Ga. The story has to do with a movie star who substitutes for an actress in a who is supposed to make a personal appearance at a theater, but the - fails to appear and Laura is pressed into service to double for her. : getting herself into all sorts of difficulties. The cast includes Einar Hanson. Tully Marshall, John Roche. Mack Swain, Lee Moran, Nat Carr and others. Another feature iof the Keith Geor gia program will be the rendition of an organ prelude on the mighty Wur- litzer by Julian Leonard, who has been engaged as organist. The pro gram is concluded with a Aaesop s Jb ble and the International News reel. There will be but one performance on Monday eveninsr. opening nisrht. due to the dedication ceremonies, this performance will begin promptly at 8 o'clock. Ticket sale opens ia lobby box office at 10 a. m. Alamo No. 1 (The Sea Wolf.) The Alamo theater, No. 1, offers Monday and Tuesday, Jack London's great sea story, "The Sea Wolf." "Wolf" Larsen. a brutal, yet intellectual man, is skipper of the Hell ship, the "Gost." He rules his men by brute force and does not hesitate "to kill a mutineer if necessary. After the collision of a ferryboat and steamship in San Francisco bay, he picks up Humphrey Van Wevden. a critic clubman and makes him a member of hist crew. Later. Maud Brewster. whom Humphrey loves, is picked up and Larsen takes lier under his "protection." He determines to marrv her ana, alter several weeks at sea on the voyaze to the senlinsr rrounds. orders Johansen, the mate, to perform the nuptials. While this is in progress the crew mutiny and Larsen leaves in haste to quell the disturbance. In the subsequent battle, a lamn is nroiien aim the schooner set afire. ljarsen is stricKen mimi just as a steamship appears. Humnhrev ami Maud are rescued, but Larsen refuses aid and goes down with his blazing vessel. For Wednesday and Thursday Alamo Xo. 1. offers Helen Holmes, in "Mistaken Orders," chapter Xo. 2 of "The Son of Tarzcn. Friday and Saturday Buck Jones, in "The Timber Wolf." Array of Talent on Opening Bill at Keith's Georgia Johnny Arthur, who appears as the timorous "angel" from Chillicothe, induced to back a dubious theatrical production in "The Butter and Egg Man," at the Mason theater, Los Angeles, also plays the leading role in "The Humdinger," Educational-Tuxedo comedies, six of which he will be featured in this season, but his ability as a legitimate staze comedian won him the starring role in this well-known Broadway success which is now being played on the west coast. Although under contract to work in Educational's film comedies, arrangements were made whereby be appears in this stage production. He will be granted a short leave of absence when the production goes to San Francisco. Billie Hove, charming featured player in First National pictures, represented the studio iu the cooperative greeting given by the motion picture industry as a whole to the veteran producer Carl Laenimle, on his return from abroad where he experienced a serious illness. Miss Dove is an old friend of Mr. Laemmle's and was one of the first to welcome him back to Hollywood. x I U ij - . ' j' V "??? .'V -ir A& t fkK$ ) if l- V'vl l- - , r if- -1 If a Sf l 1 r.V .-..- . . ;. VWi J x : 'V-rf-y 01 v it - - I' -fit M v--. ; ..ks -j a.: I K g?Xk -r' --iff V- w5rrf .ws i ( "N It f i 1 t ? ' -i r . I s 's r.' v-'v xT 1 -j hi' : & ' f -'- ' ' ' S ' lx,xl r " ';;;-t The opening bill at the new Keith's Georgia theater which opens this week presents some of the Invest acts on the Keith circuit in conjunction with a feature picture. On the upper left are shown Ethel Parker, Atlanta's own little girl, and Fred Babb, ivho, with the Filipino Sextette, headline the first bill of the new theater. In the oval and on the upper right is shown Laura LaPlante, who stars in "Her Big Night," the Universal-Jewel picture which has been selected as the screen feature this week. On the lower left are shown The Six Sorallos, the opening act on the bill. Next are shown Arthur and JUorton Havel and Helen Lockhart, who bid for second honors. The beautiful young lady on the right is one of the Four Camerons who are other features The feelings of a boy in bis first long pants arc now rivaled by these cf the elderly gentleman in his first knii-kers. Well, well; some boys must drop out at the seventh grade to get established and marry the girls as they finish college. 9J a7.30 P.M. mm 1H mm ',;i'iiit V' ' 1V 1: ,) ! I Pi ,1 , "4 4& v ft;.-: i.ij .. .; 1 v r. WW With 5 BIG ACTS 5 KEITH VAUDEVILLE Headed by ETHEL PARKER & FRED BABB With the Philippine Sextette THE FOUR CAMERONS ARTHUR & MORTON HAVEL With HELEN LOCKHART & CO. SARGENT & LEWIS THE SARATTOS . 1 "-.'I -f' 'WiM'if:'', WA U il li ( if H y ? ti i Ail i 1 ON SCREEN LAURA LePLANTE in "HER BIG NIGHT" y Peggy Caddis Also INTERNATIONAL NEWS Mat. P. M.) ETrnin;s P. M.) a to 33c; rhll-25c. er 60c; 'hlldrrn, 15c. PRICES ffaturdayii and holidays 1 p. M. to 6 I-. M.) Cflc; rTPll 6Ac; chlldrea 25c Ca1lr?r prte Mat. t te ) !.; ere nine S5c. Sat. a1 Iloiidara 25c all t day. Y'W' xJ Lose Seat3, (200) Re served, Mat., 60c: Eve- ning, 75c. this book hom3 wiih you and read :'J'Ut the native rituals in the Soutli ieas. Come back tomorrow and I'll W you meet some interesting people." I lay awake most of tli3 niglit, reading and planning. It was a fascinating book. "Shailows of the South S?as" and as I Hosed my ey I could see the native girls slowly danc ing toward me. Then the Kendezv-ous was Opened with a great flare and society, Kpelled with a capital S. began to patronize it. and incidentally, me. My South Continued Krom Preceding Page. Sea dance was a success and I was My Life Story. BY GILD.V OKAY fZEIGFELD FOLLIES STAR.) besieged with rcquest3 to dance at special functions. My. first private recital was given at the borne of Mrs". W. K. Vanderbilt. Three Numbers. I did three numbers in the Ziegfeld Follies. The first, a radium effect scene, was called "Jetting Dark On Hroadway," and w: a take-off on the negra shows that were then quite popular. The back drop represented IJroadway, with its millions of lights. Sly chorus girls a: ! I wore white satin costumes, bats, tie, shoes and gloves that bad been treated in radium. We sang the verse with the stage well lighted and appeared as ourselves, girls wish pink and white make-ups. After the first chorus, the lights went out and our hats, shoes, gloves nnd dresses Mood out. -a brilliant white against he black i'.'.ckground, into which mr lodies "so faded. This made us look like so many irls strutting about in the darkness. It was the first time anything of the kind bad been attempted on Iiroadw: and that first night audience, at the Follies, went wild with enthusiasm. My second number was the South Sea dance, similar to the one I bad been doing at the .Rendezvous. This I danced to the strains of 'Neath the South Sea Moon." instead of "Ty-I'ee." n.y musical selection at the night cl'ib. My last number was :i real minstrel one, called '"Come Along," in which I.portrayd a colored songstr".is. clad in an outlandish costume of black and .viiite striped silk, green Ivxlice and cerise hat, stockings and shoes. I had to browu up for this and wear a black wig. Incidentally, it was Mr. Ziegfeld's favorite number. Oilier Dances. In close succession came our Wild Village number, a 'Jeauville bathing beach fiance, a Voodoo nu. -Ixt from mystical Hayti. And when the Chauve Houris was at its height, the lieudezvous again changed its decoration and became distinctly Russian. Raron de Meyer designed some lovely Russia a peasant frocks for th act, and Vanity Fair ando Harper's Bazar devoted two pages extolling the merits of our little revue. In the summer of 1022 the Follies went ois tour and !il advised me to go alone, so that I might visit other big citi.s and become better known. Our fir?t stop was Boston, where we played for six weeks. Tenter we played Philadelphia, Baltimore. AVashing-ton. Pittsburgh. Cleveland, Detroit and Chi-'ago. During the second week of our Chicago run I got a surprise visit from Gil. He had suddenly realized that it was the anniversary of; my divrce. and that meant just one1 thing for him our marriage. Lenore L'lrie. niv childhood friend, was playing in Chicago with '"Kiki." and I rushed to a telephone to tell her the glad tidings. "We're to be married today. I.enore." I said. "And I want you for my bridesmaid." Lenore was "so happy, and I became Mrs. Gil Boas -and the happiest woman in the j world. Gil and I had rpeeted to leal a quiet existence until the first of July, and then sail for Europe on our postponed honeymoon tour. In the meantime, the New Yor'. Hippodrome which i one of the largest playhouses in the world made me a very fine offer to appear th?rt; for a period of two weeks. Gil wasn't at all eagpr t3 have n;e return to the stage so soon, but I felt that I wanted one last splurge before going abroad. The Hip-podroni planned to have me there, as a headfiner for the last tw weeks of their season, after which they would close the house for th summer months ns ii oistomary. We were all sur prised at the gracious manner in l Atlanta Girl Keith Headliner At New Georgia Ethel Parker, who may be classed under the heading of "Atlanta's Own" and a vaudeville etar of whom Atlanta can be justly proud is a member of the team of Parker and Babb. which has been selected to headline the first big bill at the new B. F. Keith Georgia theater, which opens this week. It is singular that a girl who was born, raised and who had the majority of her birthday parties right here in this city should, be a member of the headlining team on the initial bill of the new thrnter, but she was not selected for this reason, it is stated by officials of the theater. They selected the acts for openine week from the biggest acts on the Keith circuit and the team of Parker and Babb was of sufficient merit to headline the entire array of features chosen. Miss Parker lives with her mother when she is not on the circuit (and that's not often) at their borne on Lawton street. Miss Parker, after finishing her education at Hollins col leg? in Virginia, received her instruction in the Pot-ter-Spiker dancing whool of this city. She then joined a stock company playing "Irene" and stayed with this co?n-pany until the opening of the vaudeville season. She was then placed on the Keith circuit in headline position where she has played for the past four years. The team of Parker nnd Babb is one of the biggest headline acts on the Keith circuit and is said to be one of th" best dancing team" in all vaudeville. An instrumental orchestra of six pieces, the Filipino Sextette, is a feature of the Parker-Babb act. which the New York public receive-" me, and at the end of the two weeks the management of the Hippodrome asked me to ext .nd the engagement for an additional fortnight, making it a month in all. The fact that they were willing to keep open the theater for two additional weeks was a great compliment and Gil advised me to accept. (The second chapter of Gild Gray's thrilling story of her life, will be found in this section -ie.t Sunday.) IledJa Hopper, who plays the title role in "The Mona Lisa." Educational's latest Romance production in Technicolor, is a cousin of one of America's most celebrated actors. De Wolfe Hopper, of " Casey at the Bat" fame. Miss Hopper has been associated with the stage and screen for a number of years and was chosen by Arthur Maude, director c this creation in natural color, for her beauty as well as for her great resemblance to Leonardo da Vinci's subject as por-t raved in the famous painting "Mona Lisa." Mary Astor. First National featured artist." has this to say regarding the breaking of her engagement to marry Irvms Asher: "We just disagreed. There is really notliin? spectacular about it: we are still friendly but no longer engaged. I am not ready to marry anybody else right now or even thinking about it." Ward Crane, who plays the role of "The Crown Prince." in Corinne Griffith's newest starring vehicle. "The Lady in Ermine," was formerly confidential secretary to Governor William Suzer, of New York. bovs with our soul's. TTier seomcrl tn i PBSS3 like the "Dirty Dozen" and "Beale Street Blues." best cf all, and kept me shimmying night and day. At Cmp t Merriit, in New Jersey, Frank Wrst-phal, who as '.hen Sophie Tucker's ! husband, was playing the piano for us. "Girls." he said, when our act was over, "you've got to meet Sophie. You re just what she's been bwking I for. lou rs knockouts. Then followed our introduction to big-hearted Sophie. "Mary Gray." she chuckled. "You'll only le a shliemel as Mary. ! Be Gilda Gilda Gray." Sophie later i explained that Gilda bad come to her j mind because she had Loen reading a J story about a dancer named Gilds. J Thus occurred my baptism as Gilda j ray. j Sophie appeared nightly at Reisen- i weber's and succeeded in having the ' management give us a try-out one j Sunday night. But si.i insisted that , Edith and I work alone, rtot together, i She was rippling with enthusiasm when the night was over. She was "er- j tain she could place us with some ' Broadway revue soon. I But it was a long, long time end- j less, it seemed to me before some- i thing tangible happened. I was Jos- j hi ing hope. I often considered giving i U up and going oacK to i.iiieago. jvery . day it was the same thing. I would ; walk around to the offices and come home evenings, tire. anil worn. So- i phie would cheer me u with a "better ! luck tomorrow, dearie." And that's ! the way it kept up. ! In "The Gaieties of 1919." One morning the telephone in my j room summoned me from a sound i sleep. It was J. J. Shubert on the other end talking from- Atlantic City. "Jump on a train immediately and come otit to Atlantic City. I have a part for you in 'The Gaieties of 1910."' The opening night of the "Gaieties of 1919," will live iu my memory nl-ways. Here was 1, Marianna Mich-nlska, from Poland and Cudahy, suddenly to be thrust i.i the center of a New York stage as Gilda Gray. Whereas I bad never known "stage fright" before, I was suddenly seized writh the most terrible case of it. So much depended upon my "getting over" I was scared to death. And I was weak because I had neglected to eat for two days in the excitement of the rehearsals. I felt, to use n familiar stage term, that I would be a "flop." Applause. The orchestra I an playing the opening bars of "The Beale Street Blues," a ad I found myself in the center of the stage singing with a throb in my voice. I shimmied for that audience in a white velvet dress with a real nbaudrt.i. and suddenly awoke to applause ! Miss Stewart bail lieen right. And Sophie Tucker was right. They did like me. And the newspaper notices the next day were wonderful. Can you picture my joy? Here was I. a little unknown Polish refugee, credited with being the "hit" of a show that boaoted six principals. And Al Jolson was the first to congratulate me. In his usual comic way he offered me his vest and chain. And then the greatest thing in the world happened. I met him, the most wonderful man in the world, the man who ia now my husband, Gil Boag. A South Sea Dance. Gil had a wonderful idea. ITe bad been - reading one of Frederick O'Brien's South Sea novels. They were the rage oi the day. Why shouldn't I originate a dance in keeping with the spirit of that time? A South Sea dance. I was eager, then, to follow his suggest' n. But how nnd where would I learn to do such BBS SSBQ 3SE2S ---. rJhJrr 4 -"v S i nr ' i Si m - ir-f ia: ', a-.- ri .... a -ar"-3 -'s: Tw" Theri enry Grady Hotel Extends congratulations and best wishes to our next - door neighbor the magnificent new K eith s Georgia 1 heatre Which Opens Tomorrow Nov. 15th

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  2. 14 Nov 1926, Sun,
  3. Page 58

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