There were a lot of theaters in Rochester in 1917. Some have live acts and others are playing movies.
It is said that at least 90% of silent films have been lost forever. In part it was because no one thought that they would have any interest in them after films added sound. Another part of the lose is because early movies were on nitrate film stock that sometimes would melt into a blob and other times would start themselves on fire.
I have a family connection to Mitzi Hajos that would be appearing at the Lyceum theater. My great uncle, Frank Buell, was the the road show manager in two productions starring Ms. Hajos running between 1921 and 1925. Those productions would do many one night stands in small towns and extended runs in larger cities. Also in the cast was my great uncle’s wife, Estella Birney.
THE FAIRPORT HERALD
Wednesday, March 14, 1917
In Rochester’s Theatres
Anna Held, the popular social comedy star appears in “Follow Me” at the Lyceum, Friday and Saturday of this week, with a matinee on the latter day. The supporting company includes the newly discovered comedian, Henry Lewis, and a big chorus of beautifully gowned girls. March 19 – 21 inclusive Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree the noted English actor will be seen in “Henry VIII,” and the remainder of that week Mitzi Hajos will appear in a return engagement of “Pom Pom.”
Madame Doree’s company of grand opera singers will have the headline position at the Temple Theater this week. Billy Montgomery and George Perry are also upon the bill as well as the usual number of specialty acts which have made the amusement place so popular.
The last three days of the week the headliner at the Avon theater will be “The Musical Blacksmiths,” said to be a real Rochester production. There are six other good acts on the bill, with afternoon and evening performances every day.
Frank Hunter and Eddie Swartz,two well known comedians appear this week in “The Globe Trotters” at the Corinthian.
At the Family theater the attraction for the last half of the week will be a musical comedy act called, “Atop the Andes.” Charles Diamond, a dancing harpist and F. Albano, a chromatic accordionist, also appear on the bill together with the usual photoplay productions.
Beginning March 18th the Colonial will present the marvelous screen drama, “Idle Wives.” This is a wonderful play which everyone should be sure to see as it shows the extreme situations in the lives of the very rich and the very poor. The play will be seen every day for one week at this popular amusement place, which is so conveniently located that all shoppers from out of town can readily drop in and rest long enough to get the benefit of this remarkable performance. Patrons are accorded the privilege of a perfect checking system and all conveniences are at their disposal without extra charge.
At the Gordon the last half of the week will be shown “The Black Wolf.” also “The White Witch,” the eleventh episode in the “Secret Kingdom.” March 18-21 Jean sawyer in “Love’s Law.”
The screen production at the Regent the latter part of the week is “Out of the Wreck.” Next week Pauline Frederick will be seen in “Sapho.”
“Burning the Candle” will be the offering at the Piccadilly this week with Mrs. Vernon in another of the “Patricia” plays. march 18-21, Clara Kimball Young in “The Price She Paid.”