Saturday, December 20, 2008

Metropolitan Theatre program, 1926

This Nov. 13, 1926 movie program shows what an event movie-going was in the early days -- there is a newsreel and a stage show before the film gets underway. And what a range presented on stage: opera, waltz and popular music. Also of note is the back page ad for the new Paramount Theatre in Times Square, N.Y., part of the Publix chain. (The Paramount was gutted in the early 1960s; the facade survives, but the insides are now a Hard Rock cafe.)

I had no idea there was an earlier movie version of The Great Gatsby--made during the era that the novel is set in, and when the novel was still a fresh revelation of its talented author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. From the Chester Thorpe scrapbook.

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