Saturday, December 7, 2013

Grand Theatre and Potatoes for the Holiday

At one time the local movie house was an important part of the community.

Exhibitors Trade Review, February 4, 1922:

Excerpts from a letter sent by John B. Snider, manager, Grand Theatre, Bessemer, Alabama

 "During the first four days before Christmas, we admitted a child free for five potatoes. We raised 82 bushels of potatoes for the needy in this manner. The enclosed photograph was reproduced in the Sunday feature section of the newspapers."

"Although Christmas has passed and will not be back for another year I believe here is a chance for some exhibitors to do the same thing and give potatoes to the needy and unemployed during these hard times." 

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2014.

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