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In March 1927, the long-dreaded merger took place: Pathé, Producers Distributing Corporation, Keith-Albee, and the Orpheum Circuit.
The brother-and-sister act hit the road for New York in 1905 and found early fortune as traveling entertainers; a vaudeville gig on the Orpheum Circuit paid $150 a week, writes Mr. Levinson (who died in 2008), at a time when skilled workers were making $2 a week.
This remarkable little tragedy was produced for the Orpheum Circuit by Mr. Charles
Original Stuff and put in two Turns that had landed strong over the whole Orpheum Circuit.
Martin Beck is the general manager of the Orpheum Circuit.
Our Towns: an avuncular Stage Manager, old-tyme costumes plus a red curtain and shell footlights that call to mind an old theater from the Orpheum Circuit.
After a year of independent production, the water was lapping at DeMille’s chest, and he wasn’t the only one; between 1925 and 1927, the net income for the Orpheum Circuit, a major vaudeville chain, would drop from $2.1 million to $1.1 million, while the B. F. Keith Corporation experienced a 10 percent drop in net income in just one year.
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