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The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada • 20

The Vancouver Suni
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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PAGE 20 THE VANCOUVER' SUN FRIDAY, JULY 26, TS'3f Vancouver's Own Newspaper Theatre Noon Beautiful New Lyric Opens loday Theatre of Tradition ed Transform Col Winter Leads Lyric Orchestra To Most Modern Pictu House City's Newest Show Shop Hugh Sums Spent on Popular Granville Street Show Shop; Big Time Vaudeville Will Support Screen Features LOTS OE Color At OPENING FINE UNIFORMS AND RICH DRAPERIES When the new Lyric Theatre was opened at noon today, unusual Interest was evoked by the handsome uniforms worn by the members of the Lyrio orchestra under the direction of Calvin Winter. These were designed and tailored by Bob Wallace, 775 Granville Street who also furnished the handsome uniforms worn by the corps of ushers. The rich draperies at the entrance and on the stage were Jointly furnished by the Hudson's Bay Co. Ltd. and the Woodward's Ltd.

store, and their rare beauty was much admired. Baynes and Horie were the general Motion picture fans will see one of its most popular musical figures on the stage of the Lyric Theatre in the person of Calvin Winter, who will direct the orchestra of the new theatre. With him will be ten of Vancouver's leading instrumentalists, and these at times will be augmented according to the demands made on the musical resources of the theatre by special vaudeville attractions. The old orchestra pit in front of the stage in the days of the Vancouver Theatre has gone and all musical programs will be presented from the stae before a background ol pnificent draperies and scenic effects. The presentation of vaudeville and stage spectacles is to be a fixed policy with the Lyric Theatre management, and these will be of the most artistic and most colorful character, reminiscent of the old Orpheum days when the cream of American and European talent disported itself on the stage of this theatre of tradition.

Today at noon a new and important epoch in Vancouver theatrical history was marked when the doors of the palatial Lyric Theatre were opened to the public. The Lyrio Theatre was formerly the Vancouver Theatre and prior to that was the original Orpheum. When the owners of the Lyric Theatre, known as the CALVIN WINTER Vancouver Theatre assumed the premises from its Eng. lish owners on a long-term lease, they were not merely taking over a pile of steel, bricks and stone. The Lyric Theatre represented theatrical tradition.

Within its walls have ap V. ki IWMliai uB mmmm mm mm peared the most eminent personalities in contemporaneous fr WW of remaking the theatre property de-y volved. Hume and Rumble carrle- out the big electrical job which In-1 eluded removal of every foot of the stage history, the Divine Sarah having graced its boards, 1 1 while the visits of Sir Martin Harvey and equally eminent actors of the legitimate stage are legion. Lights of the vaudeville firmament, ii Lt; smmmmMMmmmmMmmmzsM Identity of the theatre Is proclaimed. This rises from the rebuilt marquee which spreads Its ample proportions for 125 feet across the front of the house affording shelter to patrons In who have thrilled Vancouver audiences Include Sir Harry Lauder, Bransby Williams, Sophie Tucker, Marie Lloyd, and In short, every great name that ever shone in electric lights.

MAINTAIN TRADITION 9 at equipment. J. Muirhead was the consulting electrical engineer. Dorothy Appleby, Only 24, Veteran In Theatre World Dorothy Appleby, the delightful featured screen player in "Two Heads on a big opening screen feature at the new Lyrio Theatre, has, at 24, a distinguished starge career already behind her. In her current role in the film, suggested by a Inclement weather.

The Interior of the house has been transformed Into a bower of classic THE JT FORMERLY THE VANCOUVER OPENS AT 'NOON TODAY TT is with pride and pleasure that the management b. makes this announcement and we extend to one EI and all a personal invitation to visit The Lyric Theatre. We want you to feel that The Lyrio Is YOUR theatre for it is only with your support that we shall realize our ambition in giving to the Vancouver public only the best of First Run Pictures, the best of Eastern Circuit Vaudeville and Living Music on our stage. ON THE 5 ACTS beauty, not of the tawdry variety but graceful and solid. TO IMPROVE SOUND From time immemorial the.

popular Granville Street house exhaled a feeling of hospitality, a warming ax There devolves then on the new owners not merely the work of furnishing entertainment, but also the proud duty of maintaining a tradition. First Impressions are that the management is very conscious of Its position In this regard. As far as money Is concerned it has been spent with a prodigal hand, the the quality of the show and the comfort of patrons being the prime consideration. From a 60-foot Illuminated sign, the largest on Granville Street, the uviuuiy iamieia story, jvuss iippieoy timacy, and this has been accentuated by the new owners. The top EASTERN STAGE gallery has gone, in the Interests of VAUDEVILLE CIRCUIT the leading roles.

"When I was seven years old," said OL'B FEATURE ACT perfect sound reproduction, but the balcony remains. In the process of removing the old gallery occasion was taken to renew much of the structural steel, the work being done by the Ross Hpward Steel Iron Com Est and Harvey SENSATIONAL JUVEHUE DANCE TEAM THE EXCELLOS I NEWEL tr MOST pany Limited. While the walls re Musicians' Mutual Protective Union Marvelous Ferch Artists main, to all Intents and purposes the Famous Comedy Favciltes direct from the Palladium, London The Class of Harlem interior Is new from the floor cover Fast Steppers ings and the unusually comfortable LOCAL 14S THREE WHITE FLASHES and richly upholstered chairs to yie roof, structural alterations being CYCLONIC CYCLE OF SPEED ON THE FIRST RUN SCREEN picture The picture shows the beautiful interior of the new Lyric Theatre, the doors of which were opened to the publie at noon today. The theatre is under the management of the popular "Jake Dawson" who today is receiving a flood of congratulations on bis new amusement emporium. Miss Appleby at the RKO-Paths Studios where Liberty Pictures an made, "I was a dancer and a member of the cast with the Portland, Maine, stock company.

My burning desire at that time was to become another Pavlowa. I continued my Interest in the theatre in numerous high school plays, such as 'Royal 'The Red Actually, my career began profesionally when I won the title of Miss Maine In a beauty contest for which the late Rudolph Valentino was the Judge. "I made my Broadway debut in 1925, with 'Elsie Janis My last Broadway play was 'Young in 1933, and In this I played the leading feminine role. Other plays I have appeared In include 'Mary Jane 'Square 'Springtime for 'Helen of 'Princess "'Square Crooks' was my first movie in 1929. Since then I have done 'I Give My 'Paradise 'Prize Fighter and the Lady, 'Under Among Miss Appleby's fervent dislikes may be Incluled malicious gossip and people who are forever asking questions; autographs, street cars, umbrellas, personal appearances.

Dre- is cn a the featured performers are Neil jected. It Is over forty feet wide and Hamilton, Mlriafi Jordan, Henry 15 feet deep with nothing of an inflammable character in its appoint which stood at the side and In its place is a ticket booth In the centre of the entrance so that patrons may be quickly handled and unnecessary A Well-Rounded Amusing Semi-Farce Featuring MIBIAM JORDAN and NEIL HAMILTON PLCS Armetta, and Dorthy Appleby. It Is high comedy and shows how a ments. under the direction of the architectural company of Sharpe Thompson. The policy of the new management will be strictly In line with popular demand.

In addition to the screen feature, which will be supported by a series of shorts' and a news reel of supreme current Interest, there will be a stage presentation at each of the four shows daily which Includes five big time vaudeville acts. These are booked In San Francisco and New York and are not limited to dancing ets but will include the most varied and colorful talent procurable from There is a battery of projection mother-in-law may rush In where waiting avoided. angels fear to tread. CALVIN WINTER machines and mechanical devices to Heavy silk and velvet drapes add The picture is the screen version of produce color effects and two spot Dorothy Canfield's story, "The Eter Extends to the Lyric Theatre management all best -wishes for its success. to the beauty of the main entrance.

The 1350 chairs, which comprise the seating accommodation of the Lvric nal Masculine." The musical back and His lights. The installation was made under the personal supervision of E. ground was composed by Dr. Hugh Riesenfeld, which should be guaran Theatre, are all finished In heavy E. Harris, managing director of Em tee enough of its excellence.

The Nsw Lyric Orchestra Lyric management Is making Its tapestry ana or a lighter shade than one is accustomed to see in motion picture theatres. The lighter color, it has been Droved, enables natrons screen bookings direct from the East. pire Agencies, assisted by Jack Maw-son. The color effect machine is of the double dissolving type capable of producing every known color effect on the leading American houses. The weekly change of program is made on Friday.

The Lyrio will open FOPUIAI! PRICES mieres, shopping, ice cream, bath salts to better see their way to vacant LEADS ORCHESTRA seats wnen tne nouse is darkened as daily at noon. The leasing arrange CITIZENS! WE TRUST TOU WILL SUPPORT LIVIHG MUSIC. the performance proceeds. This work I 3 both screen and borders. A MASSIVE PLANT ments with the English owners were negotiated through the Yorkshire a 12tolC lto5l After 5 p.m, ana leiiers oi introduction.

She does, however, favor rain, night clubs, animals, sunbaths, children, fan mail, sleeping late, radio programs, open cars, travelling alone and airplanes. It is a massive affair and of the stationary automatic type and Is the With them will be Cal Winters, popular musical director, and his yric orchestra of ten picked Instrumentalists. The opening of the Lyric Theatre means an addition of fifty people to local payrolls. The opening screen attraction Is VTwo Heads on a. Pillow," In which only one of Its kind in British Co Trust Limited.

COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION Immediately on crossing the threshold of the Lyric Theatre one is Impressed with the complete transformation that has been accomplished. Gone is the old box office lumbia, Mr. Harris declared. In the the rest Of the theatre bv teel and centre are two huge de luxe type was done by P. E.

Shindler, who also superintended the installing of draperies and carpets, all of which are new. GALLERY GONE Theatre-goers who remember the Lyric Theatre as the former Vancouver Theatre and further back as the Orpheum will first be Impressed by the absence of the old top gallery. This was removed so that the maximum of perfection in sound reproduction might be achieved. Immedi solid concrete. Motiongraph projectors, the very lat est equipment in Canada, with lamp There in a irtazA nf AlofH.i houses of the Brenkert Suprex type switches which enable the operator to combining magnetic flame control and operate every mecnanlcal contraption from the nrnipr.t.inn rnnm Th.

or absolutely automatic. To the left are the two spotlight machines, each of WO ampere capacity and equipped seven electrical control stations in the theatre, five of which are In nrn. with automatic color changing. ately behind the balcony stands what is declared to be the largest and the The equipment for power supply is most modernly equipped projection jection room and two back stage which enable the operator to lower and raise the projection screen, the fire proof curtain on the stage, and work all other curtain motors. of the individual type, one for each machine and before each is suspended a heavy steel shutter on usable links as an added protection in the very room In the Dominion of Canada.

Its a far cry from the old booth" type of projection room that The screen rpnrpspntjt f.Vio vn lat est development In its line and is once stood on the main floor of a "movie" to the impressive room from remote possibility of fire in the projection room. By this means the projection room is instantly isolated from which Lyric pictures will be pro uiouc ivl me ouprex Lamp Mouse. It is claimed that a clear light is afforded with -nn refWHnn perfect screening. It is perforated to ciiauie me eouna eiieccs to come virtually from tho mnllt.ha nt tho artnrm to the audience. The manufaciiirpr nlcn claim tv.

It does not matter from what part of the house a picture is viewed, then is no distortion. mwr Everr inch nf Wfrif.oi the old theatre has been removed and the eouioment frnm 4. brand new and of the most costly type. Congratulations to Mr. R.

J. Dawson and Best Wishes for the successful operation of the LYRIC THEATRE The Yorkshire Pacific Securities, Limited AGENTS FOB THE LYRIO THEATRE BUILDING 525 gejmour Street Yorkshire Building mass 277, Con tractors ft; RCA Photopfione HIGH FIDELITY Here's wonderful news for our patrons, Have installed for your entertajent the new RCA Photophpne Higli Fidelity equipment a revolutionary achievement in sound on-film reproduction that for the first time reveals the full range of music and naturalness of speech. Your favorite screen stars now sound real, alive! This amazing reproducing system covers every range of sound from the rustle of leaves in a light wind to the giant roar of a broadside of guns. Everything is heard clear crisp distinct! An entirely new experience in sound motion picture entertain ment now awaits you at our theatre. The Ultra-Mode rn Suits worn by Calvin Winter and His Lyric Orchestra were designed and made by Bob Wallace 775 Granville St.

Next door tc the Lyric. Phone Trinity 138 Every Success to the Lyric Theatre Engineers HOTEL GROSVENOR BUILDING 846 Howe Vancouver, B. mimlft is'sniS? ft 1 1 THEATRE Structural Steel by ROSS HOWARD IRON WORKS CO. LTD. PHONE HIGH.

105 Foot Woodland Drive Success to this new local enterprise P. E. SHINDLER Theatre Re-seating Best Wishes to the Lyric Theatre Royal Typewriters Byrnes Hume Typewriters Ltd. "JVTCTTTOI RCA Photophone High Fidelity Sound Equipment has been installed In Radio J.M -C Gty Music Hall and RKO Roxy the world's finest and largest theatres. 592 SfTBMar St.

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