Thursday, March 26, 2015

Abandoned House

An abandoned house on Scranton's South Side.

Alder Street

Alder Street, looking west from South Irving, from Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Allen Theatre: Richard Harris

43 years ago tonight at the Allen Theatre.
It was my first day at Playhouse Square.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Loew's Ohio: The Sound of Music

50 years ago tonight The Sound of Music opened at Loew's Ohio Theatre, this hard ticket roadshow would run for 91 weeks, a Cleveland record that still stands.
From The Plain Dealer, March 24, 1965.
From Box Office, March 28, 1966.
From The Plain Dealer, May 20, 1966.
From The Plain Dealer, December 18, 1966.

A few other notable long runs at Loew's Ohio:
South Pacific - 46 weeks
Around the World in 80 Days - 41 weeks
The Ten Commandments - 29 weeks
Cleopatra - 26 weeks

Monday, March 23, 2015

Birch Street

Birch Street, looking west from South Irving Avenue, yesterday afternoon.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sophie Tucker at Keith's Palace

Sophie Tucker at the Palace, from The Plain Dealer, March 22, 1925. The William McDermott column also gives a brief overview of what's at the other main houses.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Moondog Coronation Ball

Today is the 63rd anniversary of the Moondog Coronation Ball held at the Cleveland Arena, March 21, 1952. Among the acts that appeared that night were: Tiny Grimes, The Dominoes, Paul Williams, Varetta Dillard, and Danny Cobb. Produced by WJW DJ Alan Freed it is often considered the first rock and roll show.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 22, 1952.

The Cleveland Arena, March 1952, photographer unknown.