The Birmingham News from Birmingham, Alabama on January 4, 1914 · 49
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The Birmingham News from Birmingham, Alabama · 49

Birmingham, Alabama
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Sunday, January 4, 1914
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' ' V A t4 t - - 3 4 ' ( 1 . V -I-, 1 f THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS. BIRMINGHAM. ALA., SU N DA Y, JANUARY,' 4, 1914 5 ? t C-U -r iu Seven Acts of Big Time Vaudeville Will Be Shown There For Two Performances Daily. The Lyric, Birminghams n ew theater beautiful, will be opened to the public Monday ev ening, January 1 2. What is known the world over as Keith big ti me vaudeville will be the attraction, and a magnificent array o f vaudeville talent is being personally booked by Jake Wells i n New York. With the opening of the Lyric Birmingham will be introduced to a brand of vaudeville h itherto unknown here, and this theater will be linked with the F orsyth in Atlanta and with the Richmond, Norfolk and Nashville houses of the Wells interests. The same class of vaudeville seen In New Orleans, Memphis, Louisville and Atlanta wil be seen here. At the same time Birmingham will get a modern, thoroughly fireproof theater. In every detail. In every feature, the theater Is complete, and It will be one of the best equipped houses of amusement In the South and a duplicate of the New Lyrlo In Richmond, just completed. ' Neither expense nor time has been spared In building this theater, and the decorations, seating, furnishing, heating and lighting have been on a scale never attempted before In this city. The the-i ter occupies a portion of the building erected by General Louis V. Clark on the northeast corner of Third Avenue and Klghteenth Street. The entrance will be through a long lobby which Is the southwestern comer of the building, and opens on Third Avenue. The exits will be on Third Avenue and Eighteenth Street, and the emergency exits will also Include several on the alley In the rear of the building. Entering the lobby the visitor Is struck with the attractive white Alabama marble flooring In twelve-inch squares, and the white marble wainscoting and finishings. The celling Is a light tint, and the whole Is Illuminated with a number of artistic lights on the new principal of dl-lect and Indirect Illumination. The fixtures are very artistic and out of the new frosted glass. An Innovation in the lobby Is, the box office In the center instead of on the side. This gives easier access to the windows and permits a more rapid handling of the line of ticket buyers. Auditorium Runs East and West. From the lobby the visitor enters a beautiful auditorium on the grade level. Contrary to the belief of many people, the i theater portion runs east and west, the stage being the eastern end of the building, and the rear of the auditorium being on Eighteenth Street. The main entrance Is on the side of the theater, but the visitor walks Into a foyer which runs across the rear of the house, and from which the aisles radiate to the stage. This foyer Is in mosaic tile, with handsome red velvet rugs half an Inch thick. Over the foyer Is a beautiful dome, hand decorated and brilliantly Illuminated with rrt chandeliers. This extends across the house and just over the rear seats. The color scheme of the entire building Is old rose and burnt Ivory. The effect Is further carried out In all the draperies and carpets. The aisles and boxef of the lower floor are laid with jveh dee jvelvet carpets, and the draperies of the loxes are all of the same shade. $ ca 7 $ capacity of this floor Is practically thf Same as the Bijou Theater, which a surprise to many people, for the feljou looks to be much larger. This la secured by the compact manner In which the house Is constructed and the nrrungement of the seats. On this floor there are two large boxes, one on each side, seating fifteen persons each. Twelve Exlte on One Floor. On this floor alone there are twelve exits In addition to the entrance doors, end all are equipped with panic bolts, so that all a person has to do Is touch one of these bolts and the doors open outward. It makes the theater panic-proof and the entire lower floor can be emptied In a minute. The exits are on three sides, Into the lobby, on Eighteenth Street and on the alley. Four aisles, wide and roomy, permit of the rapid seating of the audiences and an j equally rapid clearing of the house. The seats are the finest that could be obtained. They are absolutely sanitary and hygienic, being made along the plainest artistic lines, and free of places which would catch and hold dust and germs. The upholstering Is of a splendid grade of leather, and the chairs are cushioned and comfortable. They will be a great pleasure to the theatergoers of the city. Scattered all over the orchestra floor are large mushroom-appearing knobs of t iron. These furnish the Indirect heating , and cooling of the theater. In Winter warm air will be forced through large ducts and will come out In all parts of the auditorium, keeping It perfectly comfortable, and in the Summer air blown off cf several tons of ice will he forced through these mushrooms. This makes the Lyric a year round theater, equally comfortable Winter and Summer. In addition to the Indirect heating, the radiators are connected with the city steam heating plant, and these will furnish the direct heating., The mushrooms are under the seats and out of the way. Opening out of the lobby there Is a ladles rest room, and a second one ln-Blde the theater on the ground floor. The third opens off of the balcohy, which makes the theater the best equipped In the city and the South. The gentlemens smoke room will be In the basement, with broad sta 2lif marble, leading from the foyer to basement, fvjrtmd Smoking Rooms. A slmif flight of marble steps leads from the ioyer to the balcony, where the color scheme Is the same as on the lower floor. The reserved section of the balcony Is floored with red carpet the same DARBYS .PROPHYLACTIC FLUID is a marvelous household remedy. It cures cramp colic, in stantly. Corrects nauseated stomach, heals cuts, wounds and sores on the surface of the body and de stroys germs in the sick room. It is used internally and externally. Price 50 cents per bottle. as the first floor, and the other section of the balcony and the gallery are floored with battleship linoleum. There are two tiers of boxes on each side of the house, the lower one being just below the bottom of the balcony, and the upper tier rising Just above It These twelve boxes seat six persons each. What promise to be among the most popular seats In the entire house are the mezzanine boxes, which extend across the entire front of the balcony. There are six of these boxes, and they seat twelve persona each, giving a total box seating capacity of 174. An entirely separate entrance on Eighteenth Street is afforded for the gallery, which will be devoted to the colored patrons of the house. There are five large double door exits leading from the balcony to the wide fire escapes and the upstairs lobby and entrances and a similar number from the gallery to the fire escapes, making these two floors as safe as the lower floor, and practically as easy to empty. The picture booth, from which motion pictures will be thrown, when used, and the spot lights and floods will be operated, is In the rear on tills floor and is built of steel and fireproof, according to the requirements of the Southeastern Tariff Association. From the balcony seats a splendid view of the artlstlo celling decorations can be obtained and the view Is one of the prettiest to be had In any Southern theater. , No Posts Cut Off View. On both the first floor and In the balcony every seat commands a perfect view of the stage, and the house was so constructed that there would be no posts to cut off a view of the stage. The same fireproof policy that was carried out in the auditorium has been effected on the stage. The floor Is of solid concrete, except the center, which Is built of thick wood made after a checkerboard pattern. This Is done so that the stage flooring may be taken up in sections and traps or tanks set under the stage. The largest tank aots In vaudeville, such as are used for diving and swimming exhibitions, can be staged at the Lyric without sawing or cutting the flooring. The removable sections rest on concrete and steel. ( Under the stage there are fourteen full-sized dressing rooms, each of which Is fully equipped with handsome mirrors, running water and all the conveniences for the performers. They are made fireproof and in addition carry a complete automatic sprinkler system. The dressing room arrangements are probably the best In the South and equal those to be found anywhere. On, the stage Manager Semon has secured everything that could be 'required for ntaglng any kind of an act or attraction, from the largest to the smallest. The "fly gallery from which the hung pieces of scenery are handled. Is fireproofed and made of Iron, Just as the remainder 'of the theater, and the "gridiron" or loft Is the same. This Is equipped with fifty-five sets of lines for handling hung scenery, and this would stage the largest spectacles that travel. Any number of vaudeville acts of any dimensions can be handled with these lines. Scenery Is Fireproof. The finest scenic artists In New York designed the stage settings. There are a number of complete Interior and exterior sets, and a wide variety can be offered. The scenery Is all built of fireproof materials, and there Isn't anything in modern theatrical equipment that will not be found on the stage. A great asbestos curtain, running In metal groves, as required by the fire law, would prevent any fire that might start on the stage from reaching the auditorium and vice versa. No theater In the country will be better lighted. More than 1500 Mazda lamps of various sizes are used In Illuminating the auditorium and the stage. The house can be a blaze of glory. The fixtures include four great brass chandeliers hanging from the celling, each equipped with a large number of lamps, with both the direct and Indirect lighting effects. The lights under the boxes and In the balcony are In enclosed globes of art glass. The stage Is equipped with the most modem system of theater lighting, and the switchboard is said to he one of the most complete ever erected In the South. For the various electrical effects, sucn as sunrise and sunset, moonlight, etc., there Is a "dimmer, which will permit the dimming of the lights to any degree, from the mopt brilliant to a mere shadow. The Lyric Theater building is owned by-Gen. Louis V. Claik, and the building and the theater represent an investment of about 500,000. The office portion of the building Is now ready for occupancy, and a number of tenants have already moved in, The building will be operated sepa rately from the theater portion, hut, like the theater, it Is modern and fireproof In every way. Jake Wells Heads Company. Jake Wells, President of the Wells Amusement Company, which has the Bijou In Birmingham, and also President of the Birmingham Theater Company, which operates the Orpheum aid the Majestic Theaters, Is President of the company which will operate the Lyric. He Is the general director of the house and will give its bookings his personal attention. The bookings will be made through the United Booking Offices, which are agent! for 75 per cent of he first class vaudeville theaters of this country, or afflll-aiod with other agencies which contiol the houses. More than two-thirds of the greatest vaudeville acts are to he found on the "U. B. O." time, and most of these will be seen In Birmingham at one time or another. M. L. Semon will be resident manager of the Lyric. He is well known in Birmingham. He has been at the Bijou since 1902, and lately has been manager also of the Orpheum and Majestic. He is one of the best and most popular theatrical men of the South. Mr. Semon Bays he has employed for the Lyric a corps of employes who are as good as ran be obtained, and whose efforts will be directed toward the comfort and convenience of the patrons of the theater. He has created an Innovation here In the employment of girl ushers, who have been used with success In other cities. They will wear neat uniforms and will be well trained for the prompt seating of the audiences. Seven Acte Per Performance. The Lvric will have seven acts, Just as the other Keith houses, and the performances will last about two hours. There will be matinees every afternoon except on the opening day, January 12. The matinee prices of the house will be 25 cents all over the theater, and the night prices will be from 25 cents to 1, the price of the box seatB. Tickets will be reserved a week In advance, and a reservation list will be created through which patrons of the theater may obtain the same seats for every week by speaking for them in advance. This Is the custom in other cities, and In Atlanta for instance, practically the entire lower floor and the boxes are re-i served by the season In advance. Monday night will be the society night of the week, as it is in all the other Keith houses. Society takes to vaudeville with much interest. Box parties are given in large numbers, and theater parties are the vogue. A large number of the society people of the city have already spoken to Manager Semon about this matter, and urged him to have the same arrangements here. The box office for the Initial week will be opened next Thursday, and seats may be obtained for any performance of next week. At this time the reservation lists will also be opened, and those desiring the same seats every week can make arrangements to obtain them. Already a number of persons have signified their intention of doing this, and as soon as the theater is opened will make selection of the seats which please them best. Manager Semon is arranging for the opening night now. A number of prominent pel sons will be present, and the opening will be one of the social events of next week. lole Is Satire On Cubist and Futurist Fads of the Day. NEW YORK, Jan. 3. Iole, a must cal comedy founded on a novel by Robert W. Chambers, was made known In the Longacre Theater Monday night. The book and lyrics of the piece have been furnished by Mr, Chambers and Ben Teal with music by William Frederick Peters who composed the music for The Purple Road." This production, which Bhows an .entirely new torm of musical comedy. Is a satire on the subject of Cubist and Futurist fads. It is something like this: There are eight young daughters of Guilford, an eccentric poet, who lives on a mountain, and never permits his daughters to mingle with the outside world. Eight girls in an orchard, are shown in the opening scene. Instead of the usual chorus. In addition to Frank Lalor, the chief comedian, the cast includes Carl Gantvooit, Stewart Baird, Leslie Gage, Miss Fern Rogers, who sings the title role, and a Miss Hazel Kirke. The story of the piece is novel and entertaining and the music extremely tuneful. Ben Teal has provided a remarkably beautiful production The first performance was received with enthusiastic approval and the outlook for a prosperous run for the piece is excellent. Eva Tanguay has gone from the Forty-Fourth Slieet Music Hall and that beau tiful playhouse has been rechristened the Forty-Fourth Street theater. The new attraction, "The Girl on the Film," comes man direct from London, and Is the usual Eng- ilsh affair, with catchv songs and a couple of rattling good choruses. The cast Is headed by Emma Wehlen. George Gros-mtth and Connie Edies, who have the assistance of a numerous chorus of pretty girls with beautiful curves, which they are not backward In snowing. The piece Is effectively t wuced. George C. Tyler, managing director of the Llebler Co., who has returned from a brief vacation, will spend the next few weeks looking over the various Llebler productions, prior to sa-fng for India, where he Intends passing the Summer, acquiring material for a new and magnificent spectacle which Is to he built along the lines of "The Garden of Allah and "Joseph and His Brethren." The new play will rot be staged until January, 1915. Shaw's 8atlre Produced, "The Philanderer," Bernard Shaws satire, had Its first performance In this country Tuesday evening at the Little Theater, where It scored a hit of large proportions. Manager Wlnthrop Ames has given the plav a handsome prodoe tlon and a cast of unusual ability. The role of the heroine Is In the hands of Miss Lowton, who not only looks the part, but acts It cleverly. A smart audl Edward Sheldon Is a dramatist of exceptional virility, and he has also the faculty of presenting subjects that have a contemporaneous Interest. In "The High Road, in which Mrs. Flske is to be seen at Jefferson Tbeater shortly, he has touched upon several, from campaign contributions to the higher moial ity, which is the plays chief underly g theme. The excellence of Mrs. Fi3kes supporting companies has become proverbial, as has the beautiful and complete nature of her productions, in these directions it is promised that In The High Road" former standards will be found to be fully maintained, if not excelled. The spell of personality and of Individuality will be cast over the stage of the playhouse with unusual power when Madame Nazlmova, the famous Russian actress, will be seen in her latest success. Bella Donna, tn the near future. It is said that in the James Bernard Fagan dramatization of Robert Hichens "Bella Donna, Nazlmova uas found a role much to her own liking, and to play the trying role of "Mrs. Chep ence filled the little playhouse In every part. This week Anna Held and her Jubilee" company are at the Casino. Performances aie given twice dally to capacity audiences. She is the same old Anna, plump, pleasing and sensuous. She has appeared here many times, but Is just as popular as she wax during her famous "milk bath days. Ful'ow'ng "Salome in French and other languages, it remained for Mma. AgugUa to give New Yorkers "Salome," that off-colored heroine of Oscar Wilde, In Italian, at the Comedy Theater Monday rdght of last week. What she did, not what she said, made the performance revolting. Her dance of the "Seven Veils caused the audience to gasp with astonishment. William Morris Is to Install a company of well known actors as a stock company to present cne-act plays In the New York Theater. The Queen of the Movies comes to the Globe Theater January 12. NANCY SYKES. DUELLING DESPOILED OF MOST OF ROMANCE BERLIN, Jan. 8. Duelling has been despoiled of most of Its romance today by the discovery of a duel bureau," which furnishes combatants for the field of honor to all persons who can afford the price, said to be low. Herr Erzberger, the Roman Catholic leader, exposed the duel bureau while making an appeal before the Reichstag to have the war minister prohibit duelling in the army. After stating that one word from the Kaiser would abolish the duel, Herr Erzberger continued: Here In Berlin there Is an Institution which supplies socalled gentlemen, employed to bring about divorce suits, and compel the Injured husband to challenge them. Inquiries showed the truth of Herr Erzbergers statement. The Institution enjoys a large patronage, particularly from officers, who employ tha of honor when It happens to be Inconvenient for them to fight in person. The exposures are being used by the socialists In efforts to dim the glamor of the army service. MORPHINE Liquor and Tobacco Addictions Cured within Ton Days by our New Painless Method Only Sanitarium In the World Unconditional Guarantee Giving Our guarantee means something. . Not one dollar need be paid until a satisfactory cure has been effected. We control completely the usual withdrawal symptoms. No extreme nervousness, aching of limbs, or loss of sleep, r&tlenta unable to visit sanitarium can be treated privately at home. References: Union Bank & Trust Co., the American National Bank, or any other citizen of Lebanon. Write for free booklet No. 81. Address CUMBERLAND SANITARIUM F. J. SANDERS, Mgr., Ltbanon, Tenn. stow with telling forre ana to bring out every phase of that woman's complex character with remarkable vividness. With her New York cast, which has been identified with the presentation of "Bella Donna sinoe its first presentation In New Yoik in November, 1912, Charles Frohman will present Nazlmova at the Jefferson. Anna Pavlowa, who will be seen at the Jefferson Theater soon, is far more celebrated now than when she was In this country three years ago and the publia everywhere went wild over her dancing. Her fame has mounted In Europe since then, great as it was before, and In England, where she has spent the greater part of her time, she has created a craze for the ballet. In the race for popularity "Officer 666", which appeared a full season at the Gaiety Theater, New York, Is leading the laughing field and running true to form, spurred on by the plaudits of a muchly pleased public who are backing this melodramatic farce favorite to win the success records this year. 'Vfflier 666 will be seen at the Jefferson Theater soon. EXTRAORDINARY FISH MAKE THEIR APPEARANCE LONDON, Jan. 3. An extraordinary fish has come up the Thames estuary In such numbers that it has cleared the river of everything else. The fish had been dubbed Fenians by the local fishermen, and had not been seen In such numbers for 40 years. An expert has examined the Fenians verv closely, and found that they are nothing more nor less than a small whiting. The Mayor of Deal remarked that there had been an unusual visitation of congers and pilchards at Deal, where the temperature had been found to be 3.1 ..rgrecs higher than It had been at the same period of the winter for ten years. Old Kentuckys Choicest Bourbon You fine your You name houismunenrvcf BRITISH LAUGH OVER THE RESCUE OF A COW LONDON, Jan. 3. The rescue of i cow Is malting England laugh. A far mer who had refused to pay arrears under the insurance act had one of his cows seized by the sheriff and the beast was led Into the square of the market town of Turriff, Aberdeenshire, to be sold. The cow, however, was rushed out of the square by a crowd of about 2,000 farmers and others, who Jeered and shouted. No local auctioneer w-ould conduct the sale, and one had been obtained from the neighboring county of Banff. On him the excited crowd turned their attention, and he was compelled to seek shelter In am outhouse. There the police guarded the doors, and were attacked with cabbages, rotten eggs and other missiles. Under the reinforced police guard the auctioneer, followed by the crowd, was escorted to the premises of the local sheriffs officer, where he escaped by the back door. Meanwhile the cow had run out of the town, the rope attached to Its brl die having been cut bibujl NEW COMPANY AT THE Bet Theatre 2016 SECOND AVENUE Brother Against Brother IN TWO ACTS BY THE May Yernon Company 14 PEOPLE 14 9 PRETTY GIRLS 9 50 LAUGHS IN 50 MINUTES COME AND SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL MUSICAL DRAMA ,2:00, 3:30, 5:00, 1 ADMISSION like Whiskey that has age and quality-Here is a Old Kentucky Bourbon that will appeal to. taste- ! i YELLOWSTONE Rich Mellow , can always rely upon it and fame as- AMERICAS GREATEST WHISKEY For Sale at all First Class Bars - Meyer-Marx Whohsalc Distributors : Such Is Conclusion Drawn By f i Two Archaeologists of Scotland. EDINBURGH, - Jan. 3v Primitive , man In the British Isles did not fare so badly. If conclusions drawn by two , Scotoh archaeologists, A. Henderson Bishop and Ludovic Mann, who have ' been exploring the islet of Oronsay, he true. The tiny piece of ground, which lies off the Argyll coast, is rich in ancient mounds. The results of an examination of some of these has Just been reported to the Scottish Society of Antiquaries. An immense amount of material tn the mounds was sifted and scrutinize in the most minute fashion, and great quantities of objects were secured for further examination in the laboratory. The material consisted of worked-out implements and weapons of shell, horn, bone and stone. The Oronsay man, who existed at a remote epoch during which the Scottish climate is supposed to have been like that of Greenland today, is proved by the material found to have lived no precarious and miserable life. He had a dietary more lavish and more varied, perhaps, than that of the aver-, age Briton of the present day. His food consisted of nuts and the flesh' of various animals and birds, among them the now extinct great auk, the rod doer, the wild swine, the seal and the otter. Twenty-four various kinds of mollusc and twelve of fish stocked his larder. He ate crabs and Beu urchins, but strangely enough he did not devour lobsters. Of the fish on which he lived many could only have been caught in wicker traps, submerged in deep water. HE EXPLAINS. How is it your daughters never learned to cook? Well. Ill tell you. My daughters have always been so busy with the problems of the working girl, settlement house matters, and the like, that they have never had time for such academia matters as learning to cook. Louisville Courier-Journal. Mr. Newrich (reading a newspaper headline) Japanese Turn Agnostics. Mrs. Newrich Isnt It wonderful what those Japanese acrobats can dot Buffalo Express. ICORDS VITAL RESTORATIVE Price 1. At all druggists. Always on hand at Collier Drug Co., 109 North Twentieth Street Mall orders solicited. Restores Mens Vitality. .B.1 W 7:30 and 9:15 P. M 2Z 5o and lOo Smooth f - Yellowstone has the j ' a i Company - Birmingham,' Ahu . , -s 7 4 il. K )SH HI . f4 1 i. T s' itt n'V

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