Winnebago County, Illinois
MIDWAY THEATER WILL OPEN SOON
New Picture Theater Scheduled to Open in February Notices in the Moving-Picture World for the week predict the opening in the near future of Rockford's new Midway theater, located on East State street, near the Shumway market. The magazine speaks highly of the favor this city bestows on all its theaters and mentions the constructive details of the house, including the seating capacity of 2,000 and the cost of the building, $250,000. Ascher Bros., of Chicago, will take charge and provide a fifteen-piece orchestra and a beautiful organ. --Rockford Morning Star, January 16, 1918
HUGH FLANNERY CHOSEN MANAGER MIDWAY THEATER
Assistant Manager of Grand Opera House Will Be Head of New East Side Motion Picture Theater--Expect Opening About April First
Hugh Flannery, hustling assistant manager of the Grand Opera house, has been chosen manager of the Midway theater, the new motion picture house now under construction on East State street. The appointment was made by Ascher Bros., leasees of the new building and owners of twenty-two of the best motion picture theaters in Chicago. Mr. Flannery will not sever his connections at the Grand until the new theater is ready to open. Mr. Flannery, although born in Freeport, is a Rockford product, having spent practically all his life in the city. He has been in the theater business since he was 18 years of age and during his wide experience has always been connected with George B. Peck, manager of the Grand. He spent some time at Dixon and Freeport in charge of the Peck interests and was four years in Oak Park with the Grace Hayward stock company returning to Rockford three years ago when Mr. Peck succeeded George Sacket as manager of the Grand. Mr. Flannery's connection with the new theater will prove successful and efficient to the operators and Rockford people will be highly pleased to know that the theater is to be under management of a local man, particularly one of Mr. Flannery's ability. When asked this morning, when the Midway theater would be opened the new manager stated that it depended wholly upon the contractors. The work has been delayed on account of weather conditions and due to economic situations of the past few months, but the auditorium is now being rushed to completion. It is to be one of the finest motion picture houses in the middle west. The class of talent is to be of the highest. Asher Bros., who own the Lane Court, Adelphi, Chateau, Calo, Lakeside, Terminal, Milford, Peerless, Oakland Square, Metropolitan, Frolic, Cosmopolitan and Columbus theaters in Chicago are associated Lubiner and Trintz in the Convent Garden, Vitagraph, Biograph, Knickerbocker, Michigan, Oak Park, West End and Paramount theaters, also of Chicago, and have complete control of the bookings for these theaters as well as the Jones, Linnick and Shafer circuit. They will be able to offer Rockford the best of film productions. --Rockford Republic, February 2, 1918
ASCHER'S MIDWAY THEATER
LARGEST EXCLUSIVE MOTION PICTURE THEATER IN THE WEST OPENS SATURDAY EVENING, AUGUST 3RD.
The New Midway theater is ready--the beautiful picture palace that faces East State street directly opposite the market square has received its final touches and will be ready next Saturday evening to greet the movie fans of Rockford who have long waited for the opportunity to see the interior of what has been heralded as the world's most beautiful and pretentious motion picture theater.
Auditorium Resembles Huge Ampitheater
The interior of the Auditorium with its 2,000 comfortable and upholstered seats all on one floor presents a most formidable sight. On entering one is immediately impressed by the vastness of the entire scheme. The beautiful color scheme--the perfect acoustics and visual advantages form and interesting sight. The beautiful Midway theater was designed and constructed under the personal supervision of the architect, Mr. J.E.O Pridmore of Chicago, who numbers among his many achievements in theater construction, the Midway as his greatest. In making the plans for the theater and finding room for over two thousand seats, Mr. Pridmore was confronted with a problem. He explains that in order to arrange the seats in such a manner as to afford a perfect view of the screen from any position in the house required much thought and how this was finally worked out will be an interesting sight to Rockfordians. The conduct of the theater will be in the hands of efficient management and every effort will be made to see to the comfort and convenience of the patrons. The Ascher policy of theater management, so successful in Chicago, will be maintained in the arrangement of the program and such photoplays as have been produced by the foremost artists of the world will be shown immediately upon their release. J.V. Hogan of Janesille, former manager of the Beverly theater has been engaged as manager oft he New Midway and will look after many details of the house.
Frank Hoagland Seeks Large Organ In East
Before closing the deal for the pipe organ to be installed in the New Midway theater Mr. Hoagland wanted to be sure that he was going to get the best the market offered. He called in representatives of the various makes and after a careful survey decided on the one now in use. The organ is the largest in use in any picture theater in the country and the wonderful tone eminating from it leaves a lasting impression with all who hear it. Prof. Chas. F. House, of Chicago, who has previously directed the organ work of the Ascher theaters has been engaged to play the organ at the Midway. Prof. House will arrive in Rockford on Wednesday in order to acquaint himself here and prepare for a long stay.
The Ascher Policy
No matter when you come you are always assured of the best in photoplays
The first principle of the Ascher policy is to operate its theaters for the convenience of its patrons rather than for the employes. The Asccher policy aims to make the patron feel at home in the theater--and to take a keen interest in its welfare, realizing that it is a local institution and one to which the community looks for its entertainment. Suggestions and criticisms may be freely given and will receive prompt attention in order that any little defect in the service may be remedied immediately. The Ascher policy demands courteous attention of its employes--the employes are there to render willing and courteous service to the patrons at all times.
Your children will enjoy a pleasant hour at special performances on Saturday afternoons
Mothers and fathers as well as the school teachers who are interested in better pictures for the children will find an interesting innovation in the special childrens' performances on Saturday afternoons. The Ascher policy calls for entertainment of a kind that will appeal to all the children as please the grown up. Special care will be given children who come alone. Nothing objectionable is shown and parents may place implicit confidence in the quality of the entertainment of the young ones will see.
You will enjoy the musical accompaniment at the Midway theater. Good music is an asset to the motion picture theater and Ascher Bros. have made every use of it in all Ascher theaters. The beautiful strains of the mammoth pipe organ and augmented orchestra will lend charm to the pleasing pictures being viewed. Ascher Bros. have spared no expense to secure the best talent obtainable and appropriate music will always be heard. Patrons who desire to hear their favorite selections played will be able to leave such reuests and have them played during the intermission, or during the performance if such request is in accord with the picture shown.
Afternoon and Evening Performances
Performances will be given at the Midway theater every afternoon and evening, the first performance in the afternoon starting promptly at 2:30 and the second at 4 o'clock. In the evening the first performance wills start at 7 and run continuous to 11:30 o'clock.
Contractors--Ross P. Beckstrom company
Material--J. Holmquist & Son's Lumber company
Plasterers--Stearn Smith company
Stone cutter--Fred J. Reid
Heating and Ventilating--Swords Bros.
Roofing--David Carlson Roofing company
Structural Iron and Steel--A.C. Woods & Company
Sheet Metal Work--Forest City Sheet Metal company
Furnishings of Recreation Room for Soldiers--D. Pizer
Much praise is due to the Rockford and Chicago firms who have aided in the erection of this magnificent building and only by seeing it can a person realize the stupendous amount of work and though that has gone into its construction. From the first glimpse obtained one immediately thinks, "Surely a city the size of Rockford may point with pride to so beautiful a structure," for in cities many times the size of this the building is not equalled. The Ross F. Beckstrom company have erected many buildings in Rockford and other cities but this is their crowning effort and will stand for years, a testimonial to their ability and ingenuity. Every piece of lumber that has been used in construction, from the rough timbers in the concrete forms to the finest of oak finishing lumber was supplied by J. Holquist & Sons Lumber company. It was essential that material be on hand when needed to avoid delay and this way made certain by awarding the contract to the Holmquist company as they have a complete stock in their years at all times, ready for immediate delivery. The plastering was done by the Stearn-Smith company of Chicago, who had a most able and efficient force of men on the job at all times and there was delay in finishing this work. One of the most noticeable features of the new building are the beautiful stone columns, pillars and other pieces cut under the direction of Mr. Fred J. Reid of Rockford. To realize the stupendous amount of work necessary to perfect one of these pillars a visit to the plant of Mr. Reid is necessary, there to watch the men cut by hand the intricate figures in the solid stone. All of the work was done at the Reid yard and then hauled to the theater and placed in position. The ventilating system installed is the most perfect obtainable, it being impossible for any foul air to remain in any part of the theater. This work was done by Swords Bros., who are also the plumbing and heating contractors. There is probably no building in this part of the state more beautifully or artistically decorated and visitors are almost immediately heard to praise the splendid work of Mr. Carl Stromberg, the decorator in charge, under whose personal direction every part of the work was performed. The entire basement is to be used for a recreation room to comfort soldiers, their relatives and friends, this being done by the war camp community service. The rooms are furnished to harmonize beautifully and make the visitors think of home. The latest designed ratan setees, comfort chairs, desks, lamps, leather davenports and book cases and tables are used throughout and were purchased from the Pizer Furniture and Household store. Mrs. H.S. Burpee and Miss Robinson are deserving of much praise in carrying out so tasty an arrangement. It was necessary to have a most substantial roof on such a structures, one that would be eaterproof and durable. To remove all doubt of their being a defect in this part of the building the work was entrusted to the David Carlson Roofing company, a firm which has acquird an eviable reputation in northern Illinois. The roofs of most of the large buildings of Rockford have been laid by this company. In order to make the theater fireproof structure steel and iron was used wherever possible. The best material obtainable has been used, furnished by the A.C. Woods Co. The same care was used in placing the order for the mill work, nothing but the best grade entering into construction. All this material was purchased from Mr. Oscar Schubert, local agent for the Farley Loetscher Co., the quality house, of Dubuque, Iowa. All the sheet metal work, including that of the heating and ventilating system, the cornice work, etc., was entrusted tot he Forest City Sheet Metal company, of Fourteenth avenue. The proprietors of this firm as well as the skilled men employed used everyy effort to make perfect their part of the structure. During these times of scarcity of labor and material the erection of such a building as the Midway theater is a tremendous task, but each firm and every individual workman employed have in this structure something of which they may feel proud of and to which they may turn and view with great satisfaction.
LEADING PHOTOPLAY STARS WHO WILL BE SEEN AT THE MIDWAY:
CLARA KIMBALL YOUNG
And a host of other favorites.
[--Rockford Morning Star, July 28, 1918]
MIDWAY THEATER TO OPEN DOORS ON AUGUST 3RD
NEW ASCHER BROTHERS' PLAYHOUSE ON EAST STATE STREET WILL BE READY SOON
The new Midway Theater at State and Kishwaukee streets is nearing completion and will be ready for the opening performance on Saturday eveing, August 3. The Midway theater with its two thousand seats on one floor so arranged as to afford a perfect view of the screen from any position in the house will open its doors to the people of Rockford soon with the greatest program of moving picture productions ever shown. Ascher brothers, pioneer operators of the finest movie theaters in the world, report that they have closed arrangements with the leading producing companies of the country to show their pictures at the Midway theater in exclusive advance of all other theaters. The program presented in conjuction with a symphony orchestra of ten soloists and mammoth pipe organ will more than please the people of Rockford who have long sought the modern photoplay house with proper environments. no expense has been spared by Mr. Hoaglund who was instrumental in bringing about this wonderful show place, to make it an institution that will stand as a credit to the progress of Rockford and Ascher brothers in the conduct of the theater will effect every means available from their new Midway theater program one that will appeal to every audience. The appointments of the Midway theater are without exception perfect to the last detail. Nothing has been overlooked in the way of equipment and every convenience is at hand for the comfort and care of its audience. The beautiful auditorium arranged with perfect archectural care presents a most attractive sight. The harmonius color scheme leaves a lasting impression with every one who sees it. The Midway theater will long stand as a monument to the advancement of motion pictures and Rockford people have much to look forward to in its opening on Saturday evening, August 3. [--Rockford Republic, July 23, 1918]
ROCKFORD WELCOMES OPENING OF ASCHER'S MIDWAY THEATER
ROCKFORD BLAZES THE WAY FOR OPENING OF NEW PICTURE THEATER
NORMA TALMADGE IN "THE SAFETY CURTAIN" FROM THE WORKS OF RUSYARD KIPLING TO HAVE PREMIERE SHOWING AT MIDWAY THEATER SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Asccher Bros. Arrive From Chicago With Representatives of All Branches of the Film Business to Witness Opening. The New Midway theatre is finished--last night the final touches were put on--the orchestra went over its parts as the picture was being tried out--the ushers and ticket takers and all the help on hand to acquaint themselve with their positions so that everything will run smoothly for the opening. That is part of the Ascher Policy and that is the system by which the new theater will be conducted. On being open to the public tomorrow evening, Aug. 3rd, the Midway theatre will make the sixteenth link in the chain of fashionable photoplay theaters now being operated under the Ascher System. The beautiful theatre is located in the heart of Rockford's East Side, a triumphant arch to its residence section and to the main road leading to America's greatest cantonment, Camp Grant. The Midway theatre was designed and constructed under the personal supervision of the architect, J.E.O Pridmore, who ranks among his many achievements, the Midway as the last word in theatre construction. The beautful arrangement of its interior, the perfect acoustics and visual advantages of the large auditorium--the superior program rendered by a select orchestra and mammoth pipe organ will combine in an effort to appeal to the senses and intellect of every audience. The beautiful color scheme and arrangement of the large lobby forms the first impression tot he patron. The entire color scheme is done in gold--and Italian Verdi marble lines all the walls. The outer and inner foyers are dainty in appearance with their blue tinted decorations, mirrored walls and soft carpeted floors. The auditorium is unique, magnificient and exquisite in detail and coloring. On entering, one is impressed by the vastness of the general scheme, and when one considers that there are more than 2,000 seats on one floor there is little wonder that it makes so impressive a sight. The building is ventilated by one of the most effiecient systems in operation. Summer and winter the air in the auditiorium is entirely changed six times each hour, which is according tot he best engineering and sanitary practices. Heavy silken draperies adorn the walls, rich velvety carpet are under foot and a beautiful velvet covers the large screen on which the pictures is projected. The exterior of the building is a monument of architectural beauty and presents one of the most unique and beautiful specimens of Spanish medieaval architecture to be found in the United States. The Spanish entrance gable and the lofty clock tower as seen from the whole length of State street to the river and across even to Main street, must conjure up harmonies to the most prosaic citizen. The Midway theatre will be under the personal management of J.V. Hogan, who has been selected because his unusaul ability and knowledge of picture theatres and who in the conduct of the theatre will afford the patrons many exceptional features. Performances will be given afternoon and evening. Matinees will start at 2:30 and 4 pm. and in the evening from 6:45 to 11:30 pm. [--Rockford Republic, August 2, 1918]
FRANK G. HOGLAND WINS PRAISE FOR FOSTERING MIDWAY THEATER BUILDING
It takes more than brick and mortar to put up a building--it takes a man with brains to conceive it--incentive to sponsor it and enthusiasm to go through with it. These were the requisites that possessed Frank Hogland, "the foster father" of Rockford progrssiveness and to him is given credit for the opening of the new and pretentious Midway theatre, an institution that will long stand as a monument to the Rockford Spirit. Most men have hobbies and they usually concentrate their efforts on one in particular. Frank Hogland has one and it is evident that it concerns the welfare of Rockford. And his power has increased with his prosperity, so has Rockford benefited. Not only does he invest his great wealth in enterprises in "his own home town," regardless of luring offers of foreign markets, but he is first and last for the Forest City and always ready to do his bit when it comes to improvements. Frank Hogland figured that Rockford needed a real motion picture theatre, one that every Rockfordian could point to with pride, and he lost no time in getting in touch with the best architects and builders that he could find to make plans for carrying out his ideas. He also discovered that the best place for such a theatre would be the east side where by building it there Rockford business could expand with its growth, and he then decided on its present location on East State street as the logical location for the New Midway theatre. Mr. Hogland is proud of his new enterprise--he has looked forward to its opening with more concern than anyone and he feels now that another star has been added to the banner of Rockford's Progressiveness. [--Rockford Republic, August 2, 1918]
ORGANIST AT MIDWAY PROMINENT MUSICIAN
Prof. Chas. F. House, who has been selected to play the organ at opening of the New Midway theatre, is ready now to step into the pit and pour out the strains of the large organ that is to help furnish the music. Prof. House has had an unusual career in music, having played in the principal cities of the United States, numbering among these the largest theatres in operation. He has also played the organ in church for several years. His repertoire includes practically all a musician need know, including all the operatic selections and popular airs. Prof. House will give recitals on the organ during the intermission and lovers of beautiful music will find great delight in his selections. --Rockford Republic, August 2, 1918 10 SOLOIST READY FOR MIDWAY OPENING Jos. Copeland and his orchestra of ten selected musicians are ready for the opening strain Saturday night at the Midway theatre. When the huge velvet curtain begins to fold its way back to one side and reveal the silver screen, the orchestra will play the opening number, the Star Spangled Banner. Mr. Copeland has been rehearsing with his men for the past four weeks and will have them working in perfect harmony opening. --Rockford Republic, August 2, 1918 IDEAL LOCATION MIDWAY THEATER SHOWS FORESIGHT Is Situated in Exact Center of City and Will Be Most Handy for the "Doughboy" from Camp Grant--Enterprise of East Side of Business Men A better site for the beautiful new Midway theater could not be chosen, is the verdict of the public in general and the Sams of Camp Grant in particular. The geographical center of the city of Rockford is practically on the corner of East State and Kishwaukee street, the Rock River, which divides the city in two parts, being decidely "off center." Camp Grant jitney busses drive to the very door of the Midway theater, the structure being just east of Kishwaukee street on East State street. The soldiers will find they have plenty of time to see a show of an evening, have little visit with "the girl" before leaving and arrive at the camp in plenty of time for "taps." Despite the rapidity of the development of the Midway, which is that section of new business blocks extending from North Third to Seventh streets on East State and Charles streets, the growth is decidely not of the "mushroom" variety. A couple of years ago this section was lined on either side of the street with aged houses, some shacks and a few poor store buildings. Now it presents the most modern business fronts, all steel, copper, glass or ornamental brick. The buildings are of the very latest approved type of construction, and substantial in every way. In addition to being durable, they are possessed of artistic lines which will set a precedent for future extension activities in other parts of the city. The new blocks are so built, that should further development along business building lines be warranted, additional stories may be erected atop the present structure. Of course, since announcement that Midway theater, the evening traffic across the river will undoubtedly be lightened. Since announcement that the big picture house would open, numerous new lines of business enterprise have been launched on the sunrise side of the river, mostly in or near to the vicinty of the play house. There are pretty little ice cream parlors nearby and these will in all probability reap great benefits financially through theater being a strong crowd magnet. The East Side Business Men's association, of which David Pizer, East State street furniture dealer, is president, desderves a large share of the credit for the coming to Rockford of the Ascher brothers and the ultimate decision that the east side should have as fine a picture house as is in the middle west, for it is this organization's enterprise which first attracted the eyes of the observing theater chain operators. The east side association made a strong bid for the theater, and the welcome accorded the strangers was worthy of recognition. The Chamber of Commerce, of which John H. Camlin is president, co-operated with the east side men in putting "pep" into several undertakings, with the result that things began to "boom" along in great style. The location of Major General Charles H. Martin's stand from which he reviewed the 86th division of the Fourth of July at "Kishwaukee triange" is an indication of the great interest the association takes in public occasions. Strong bids to erect the stand at Memorial hall and other paces were made, but hte east siders were not to be held down, and there was no cessation of "plugging" for the reviewing stand until it was decided definitely to construct it "in the heart of the city." Fills Long Felt Need The opening oft he Midway theater in Rockford fills a long felt need. The Rockford public likes pictures--good pictures. "The very best is none too good for Rockford," one exhibitor declares. There have been all too few motion picture houses to meet the demand, and the addition of the splendid theater the Ascher Brothers have provided will aid materially in slaking the public thirst for the top-notch features, the films of which are direct from the film laboratories of the greatest producers in the country. Music to Be Feature Is is ot uncertain that one of the most important factors in the presentation of motion pictures is the musical accompaniment. Many patrons whose attendance is regular are attracted principally by the music. Especially is this true of Rockford, for the Forest City is a music loving community. The Midway is equipped with the latest type Kimball pipe organ. When this wonderful instrument is played, the theater is filled with the most entrancing music. Great care is taken in the selection of players, and considerable "life" is given to the film when a finshed musician, skilled in the work of accompanying pictures, is engaged. Speaking of stars, the Midway theater's stellar luminaries will probably outshine them all. There are the Goldwyn, Select, Paramount Artcraft, Greater Vitagraph, Metro, Fox and Bluebird stars, which defy competition when it comes to illumination. --Rockford Republic, August 2, 1918
MANAGER OF THE NEW MIDWAY THEATER
Introducing J.V. Hogan, the manager of Rockford's new and artistic movie house, which will present its opening program tonight. In selecting Mr. Hogan for the position of Rockford manager Ascher Bros. took the step with the full attention to the multitude of duties connected with an institution of this kind and one who would handle them in efficient fashion. Mr. Hogan comes to Rockford from Janesville, where for a number of years he was manager of the Beverly and Bower City's largest and finest motion play house. Previous to that time he was located at Beloit and Oshkosh, and before going into the movie game as playhouse manager he was engaged in the film business in Chicago. Altogether he has been identified with the motion picture business for a period of twelve years. Rockford patrons of the Midway will find Mr. Hogan a courteous, obliging young man, one who will do his utmost to make it a genuine pleasure to visit this new and beautiful picture palace. [--Daily Register Gazette, August 3, 1918]
MIDWAY THEATER OPENS
All that art and genius and skilled craftsmanship can produce have been splendidly co-ordinated in the beautiful new Midway theater, Rockford's newest and most handsome theater, located on East State street near Kishwaukee street, which swings open its hospitable doors tonight to the public. This magnificient temple of entertainment, devoted exclusivly to display of the best fuitions of motion picture acting, is one of the finest photoplay whow houses in America. From every viewpoint, exterior and interior, it is "a thing of beauty," without a jarring note to mar the perfect harmony of the whole. The Republic is proud of the fact that this ornate structue was built by Rockford artisans. Every dollar behind its construction is Rockford capital, coming from men who have abiding faith in the future of Rockford. The site selected for the new theater was particularly adapted for a building so ornamentally impressive, giving it a commanding prospect of East State street and making its lofty tower visible from all the busy thoroughfares radiating into Kishwaukee triangle. Handsome as is the exterior of the new Midway, the interior is, if anything, more handsome. Here is a theater comfortable seathing two thousand people on one floor, so designed that every seat is a good seat. One can see just as well in the last row as in the first. The projection of the pictures from the operator's laboratory to the screen is perfect. There is no flicker or blur and no possibility of eye strain. Everything possible for the comfort of the patrons has been provided. A modern ventilating system furnished always an abundance of fresh, pure air. There is also a mammoth pipe organ, the largest in the city, and skilled players will add the magic inspiration of music to the dramas revealed upon the screen. Best of all, the new Midway theater is in the capable hands of three gentlemen, the Ascher brothers of Chicago, who have grown up with the motion picture business. They are witnessed and participated from the start in its great evolution and are able to furnish Rockford everything that is best. They own and successfully manage some of the finest theaters in Chicago. With so splendid a show house to attract Rockford people, and with their great galaxy of screen stars, nothing but certain success can be predicted for them. The Republic extends its best wishes for success to the Ascher brothers, their resident manager, Mr. Hogan, and his staff, and congratulates, as it knows all Rockford does, the local men whose money and brains and skill put up this enduring monument to the progress of the city. --Rockford Republic, August 3, 1918
ASCHER'S MIDWAY, E. STATE ST. JUST OVER THE RIVER
11,648 ROCKFORD PEOPLE attended the opening of the most beautiful Mothion Picture Theater in the West of Saturday and Sunday. We are grateful to the people of Rockford for this tremendous welcome and appreciation of the new Midway Theater. We will continue to maintain the same high standard that characterized the opening and will endeavor to give to Rockford the best Motion Picture Entertainment and Musical Accompaniment that can be had at all times. --ASCHER BROS. [--Rockford Republic, August 5, 1918]
MIDWAY THEATER IS MIGHTY COOL PLACE
With the thermometer pushing upward by the 100 mark and the heat causing considerable unrest all over town, patrons of the Midway theater were surprised to find that they had struck a cool spot when they entered the beautiful theater. An average temperature of 60 degrees was maintained both in the afternoon and evening. The ventilating system installed by the Ross Beckstrom has been perfected to produce 30,000 cubic feet of air every minute giving besides the cool air a complete change of pure air. This should be gratifying to Rockford movie fans, who seek to avoid the intense heat of August and who can enjoy a good entertainment with all the comforts of winter. [--Rockford Morning Star, August 7, 1918]
Music lovers, who enjoy the strains of the pipe organ will find delight in the special recitals to be given every afternoon and evening on the large pipe organ at the Midway theater by Prof. Chas. F. House, who has been engaged by Ascher brothers to play for them. Prof. House will be pleased to have patrons make requests for special numbers to be played during the intermission or before the regular performance. He has added a large new library to his collection and almost any selection mentioned can be heard. [--Rockford Morning Star, August 7, 1918]
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