Motion Picture Story - Special Departments

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Re: Motion Picture Story - Special Departments

Post by donnie » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:54 pm

Picky, picky... :lol: And yes, gray as opposed to...?

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Re: Motion Picture Story - Special Departments

Post by Kitty » Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:27 am

I thought this explanation from 1913 was pretty interesting. This early reference got me wondering, "When did they start calling it the Great White Way?"
Well, Merriam Webster's Dictionary says its first recorded use was in 1902. The nickname was possibly created after a heavy snowfall. Spotlight on Broadway states that the first electric lights were installed in 1894 when Oscar Hammerstein put lights in his Olympia Theater. This page has some cool info and pictures. https://www.spotlightonbroadway.com/the ... hite-way-0

It's also curious that the Answers Man's explanation states that The Great White Way stretches from "Twenty-third to about Fiftieth", but it seems that today The Great White Way is known as only stretching between 42nd and 53rd streets.
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Re: Motion Picture Story - Special Departments

Post by donnie » Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:17 pm

Those are wonderful photos! I wish they'd given the date on all of them (if known). I'd wondered about the origin of that term, too.

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Re: Motion Picture Story - Special Departments

Post by Kitty » Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:13 pm

Again, from the Answers Man. Surprising that they knew how many theaters there were in the US in 1913!
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Re: Motion Picture Story - Special Departments

Post by donnie » Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:09 pm

I looked up the population of the US at that time (~95 million), so that would mean there was about one theater for every 127,000 persons! I guess there was a lot of room for fast growth.

Edwin August is one of my favorite actors. He was in a lot of the Griffith Biographs; I didn't realize he'd gone on to work for another company.

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