Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Television in the Lobby, Chicago Theatre, 175 N State Street

Showmen's Trade Review
November 18, 1944:

"First Time in Theatre History"

"Shape of Things to Come?"

"Election returns via television were a theatre attraction at the B&K Chicago Theatre, Chicago. Above, how the feature was played up in newspaper advertising, and [below] the lobby crowds seeing and hearing the results.

"At television receiver, operating the dail, is A. M. Brolly, chief engineer of B&K Television Station WBKB. Standing at right of receiver is Manager William B. Holden of the Chicago.

While most other theatres were without television facilities, few indeed were those that did not, in one way or another, provide frequent information on election returns. "  

Chicago Theatre

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society.  Final volume published in September 2014.
He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.  
Now selling "vintage" on Etsy

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