This Week in Sanford: Amusement Section (June 28, 1926)

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This Week in Sanford: Amusement Section (June 28, 1926)

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This Week in Sanford


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Advertisement for the Milane Theatre's feature showing of The Cave Man, as well as a fashion show called "The Storm" for the week of June 28, 1926. The Milane Theatre was built at 203 South Magnolia Avenue, the former location of the Star Theatre, an abandoned movie house. Scroggs and Ewing, architects from Georgia, prepared the plans for the Milane. The name of the new theater was derived from the combination of the presidents of the Milane Amusement Company president and vice president: Frank L. Miller and Edward F. Lane. The Milane opened in July of 1923 and seated 823 patrons. In 1933, the Milane was sold to Frank and Stella Evans, investors from Lake Mary, Florida. The new owners renamed their business the Ritz Theater and held the property until the 1990s. However, the Ritz struggled financially in the 1960s and closed in 1978 due to failure to compete with the new multiplex theaters. The building remained vacant until 1984, when it reopened as the Showtime Cantina. The Showtime Cantina closed in 1988 and remained vacant and in decay. In the mid-1990s, Ritz Community Theater Projects, Inc. acquired the property and began rehabilitation in 1998. On May 6, 2000, the theater reopened as the Helen Stairs Theatre in honor of the citizen who led the restoration project, Helen Stairs. The following year, the location was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, additional renovations were completed at the theater was renamed the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in honor of the Wayne Densch Charitable Trust Fund for contributing to the renovations fund.


Original newspaper article: This Week in Sanford Vol. 01, No. 24 (June 28, 1926): 3.


Curnick, Arthur R.

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Digital reproduction of original newspaper photograph on Central Florida Memory, Item DP0008901.,120810.

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Milane Theater Collection, Sanford Museum.




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Cepero, Laura

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"Helen Stairs Theatre." StageClick.
"Theater History." Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center.
"Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center." Seminole County: Florida's Natural Choice.



"THE CAVE MAN"--TUESDAY AT THE MILANE __________________
Now then you listen to this. Sit still! it's the Publicity Man talking
"The Cave Man" ; At the Milane Tuesday : Sated by luxury and the frivolity of her set, Myra yearns for something different--something new to thrill her. On the wings of a torn hundred dollar bill comes adventure in the rough, grimy person of Mike Smagg, a handsome coal heaver, whom Myra introduces into society. The "haut monde" is fascinated by Mike's "cave-man" manners and Dolly, a haughty little deb, proposes marriage to him. Faster goes the merry wheel of make-believe until smash! Mike is again only a common laborer. But--he grabs Myra in the face of the world and marries her --a"cave-man" to the end.
Matt Moore and Marie Prevost head the distinguished cast of Warner Bros. production of "The Cave Man," directed by Lewis Milestone from adaption of Gilette Burgess' story by Darryl Francis Zaneck.
As Myra Gaylord, Miss Prevost is seen as one of those dilletante daughters of the too rich and too ridle, whose existence has consisted of a vicarious pursuit of artificial thrills. Her problem has been how to amuse herself and so, at a tender age, she finds her thrill possibilities nearly exhausted. She has tried almost everything but useful, constructive endeavor.
Matt Moore plays Mike Smagg, a burly, tobacco-chewing, red-flanneled coal heaver. His manners are those of Hogan's Alley. He has bumped frequently and none to gently up against a rough and ready world since the day he entered it. His motto has come to be, "What I want I take--unless the other guy's a better man than me." This characterization is said to be so refreshingly different from those that Mr. Moore has up to this time portrayed, that his admirers will experience a distinct thrill of pleasure at his versatility.
The cast also includes Phyllis Haver as Dolly Van Dream, popular favorite of the exclusive social set of which her mother is the leader. She is one of Myra's ilk and becomes a contender for Smagg's attentions until she finds, by his own confession, that his is not an eccentric socialist from London, but an East Side coal heaver. Her mother is portrayed by Hedda Hopper, an authentic creator of grande dame roles.
In the part of the young gentleman of faultless antecedents and many polite accomplishments, the direct antithesis of Mike, the perfect escort, is John Patrick, distinguished for his flaming youth characterizations. Finally, as the sylph-like French maid, there is that slim princess, Myrna Loy.

FASHION SHOW A STORM IN "MLLE. MODISTE" _______________________
An unusually picturesque fashion show furnishes one of the most colorful episode in the film version of "Mlle. Modiste," Corinne Griffith's latest First National starring picture, showing at the Milane Wednesday.
The revue is called "The Storm." By means of gowns and frocks especially designed for the picture the various elements in an April shower are symbolized. Thus the sun is represented by a mannequin attired in a gown of bright pattern while the clouds are represented by models in gowns of sober coloration. Others in the little fashion show play represent the lightning, the sunbeams and the rainbow.
Adrian, noted Parisian designer, created the pageant. Corinne Griffith appears on the scene "after the storm," displaying a number of gorgeous frocks. One in particular, with a black velvet bodice trimmed with white buttons and white monkey fur, is said to be exceptionally attractive.
The most beautiful girls in Hollywood were selected as mannequins for this episode. Lilian Knight, who was crowned Miss Los Angeles, in one of the models.
This picture is an adaptation of the famous Victor Herbert operetta. Robert Z. Leonard directed.

Paris was reproduced--or at least a little corner of it--in California, when Edmund Goulding directed his new Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production, "Paris," billed to the Milane for Thursday.
Several hundred French girls and men, recruited by the casting office in a canvass of the French population of California, appear in the Apache cafe scenes; many of them could speak no English, and Goulding directed the scenes in French.
Actual reproductions were built, from photographs, of "the Brircage" and other famous haunts of the Paris Apaches. In the case of "The Birdcage," which strangers are never allowed to enter, the pictures were obtained by co-operation of the Paris police prefecture. The place is so dangerous that no gendarme ever invades it unaccompanied. (Editor's Note--How the murdered Joe Petrosino would have
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