Eastman Theatre Programs

eastman-theatre-magazineI uploaded 6 programs at the Eastman Theatre between 1927 and 1939. Three of them are titled Eastman Theatre Magazine and are 8 pages of previews of future movies and movie news. The program part of those magazines shows that you would get an overture by the orchestra, theater news, a short movie, a musical act, sometimes a cartoon and the feature movie. Prices ranged from 20 to 50 cents for the entire show. These even told movies that were playing at the Piccadilly Theater in Rochester.

Another of the programs from 1931 is for a concert by pianist José Iburbi. From 1936 to 1944 he would be the principal conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic. After that he ended up in Hollywood where he would play the piano and also have a few lines in movies.

These are the new Eastman programs:

Top Songs of 1966 – #17

StrangersinthenightThe pop music charts in 1966 had all kinds of music; rock, folk, patriotic and easy listening. Frank Sinatra was on the top of the charts with “Strangers in the Night” for one week. The melody was credited to German, Bert Kaempfert with the English lyrics being claimed by a few writers. Most people  credit the lyrics to Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder. The song was used as an instrumental in the 1966 movie A Man Could Get Killed. It was the title song for Sinatra’s 1966 album Strangers in the Night, which became his most commercially successful album.

“Strangers in the Night” ended up winning the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, as well as Frank winning the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. One of the most memorable and recognizable features of the song is Sinatra’s scat with the syllables “doo-be-doo-be-doo” as the song fades
“Strangers… ” was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for the week of June 12 – 18. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart it knocked The Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” off the top spot for the week of June 26 – July 2 but the Beatles came back to the top the next week.

Top Songs of 1966 – #16

PaperrainIt’s The Beatles that are again back on the top of the record charts in 1966. “Paperback Writer” is a song about a writer that is desperate need of a job. He has even written a paperback based on a book by a “man named Lear.” This is another Lennon-McCartney song but John later said that Paul wrote most of the song.

“Paperback Writer” was on the top of the Cash Box record chart for the weeks of June 25 – July 2 (2 weeks). On the Billboard Hot 100 chart it was known for being at number one for two non-consecutive weeks (June 19 – 25 and July 3 – July 9). The song that knocked The Beatles off the top spot was not a rock song. You will have to wait to find out who recorded that song.

The B-side of the single was “Rain,” a very imaginative sounding song. The Beatles were experimenting with new recording and over-dubbing techniques.

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Top Songs of 1966 – #15

Stones-Paint-It-BlackThe Rollings Stone were back on the top of the music charts for the second time in 1966. This time it was “Paint It Black” that brought the group more attention. This was their third number one song in the US and 6th in the UK. On the Cash Box record chart it was number one for just the week of June 5 – 11. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart it stayed at the number one spot for two weeks (June 5 – 18).

The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It was recorded in Los Angeles. This was known as the first number one song that featured a sitar (Indian instrument). The sitar was played by guitarist Brian Jones.

The Rolling Stones continue to record and tour. They finished a tour of South and Central America earlier this year. They have two concerts in California and one in Las Vegas scheduled for October. Their official website has lots to explore on the long history of the group.

Old News – Independence Day 1916

A traditional parade, baseball and games for children and adults are the highlights for Independence day in Fairport a hundred years ago


Thursday, June 28, 1916



All the Fairport firemen are hoping for good weather next Tuesday, July 4, for it will be the occasion of the annual field day celebration of the department. All preparation have been made and a day of good sport is in prospect.

The fire department has been ordered by the chief, Fred Wegner, to report at the town hall at 8:30 in the morning for the parade and inspection. The Chamber of Commerce band has been engaged for the entire day, and will head the parade of the morning, which will be over the following line: North Main to High to East street to East Avenue to North Main to the Baptist Home, south over main street to George Filkins, West Church, Woodland avenue, West avenue, Perrin, West Church, to Main and countermarch from Main over West Church to the school grounds, where the morning baseball game will be played between the Fairport and All Rochester teams.

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The parade formation will be as follows: Girls on saddle horses, boys on saddle horses, Uncle Sam, Boy Scouts. Chamber of Commerce Band, Fairport Protectives, DeLand Hose company, Fairport Hook and Ladder company, parade cart, fire wagons, ponies on buggies, village board in autos, members of the municipal commission in autos, members of the municipal commission in autos, school board in autos, G. A. R. and W. R. C. in autos, floats, camp fire girls, decorated autos, boys on bicycles.

The afternoon program will commence on the school grounds at 2 o’clock, and after the sports will follow the second ball game of the day.

Prizes will be given for the following in the parade: Best gentleman’s saddle horse, best lay’s saddle horse, best team on fire apparatus, best ponies on carriages, best decorated automobile, best decorated float, best Uncle Sam make-up, best Charlie Chaplin make-up, best comic make-up on bicycle.

The following events will be on the afternoon program: 75 yard dash for boys 14 years and under, 50 yard dash for girls 14 and under, 100 yard dash for men, chewing contest for women, human wheelbarrow race for boys, egg race for women, shoe race for girls, pie eating contest for boys, hop skip and jump for men, shoe race for boys, ball throwing contest for women, relay race for firemen, longest hit made in each ball game.

1969 La Balise Yearbook

la-balise-1969The La Balise (1969) yearbook is for the Academy of the Sacred Heart school that used to be in Rochester. That was a Catholic girl’s school. Kathi M. let me scan the 1969 yearbook because it was the last yearbook of the school before it closed. The last senior class only had 20 girls so there are very large photos of each of them in the yearbook. The school had grades K. through 12 and all students are identified in the pictures. The Kindergarten class also included boys. Those students would now be over 50 years of age.

The yearbook also includes very old pictures of graduating classes and most of  those have the girls identified. Other pictures show the expansion of the school over the years. Also on page 72 is a history of the school.