Let's Go to the Show: Entertainment Menu for Week Beginning July 19th


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Let's Go to the Show: Entertainment Menu for Week Beginning July 19th

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Let's Go to the Show (July 19, 1926)


Sanford (Fla.)


Newspaper sectional on the upcoming entertainment showings at the Milane Theatre for the week of July 19, 1926. Shows included Old Loves and New, The Little Irish Girl, The Fighting Heart, Sweet Daddies, and The Greater Glory.

The Milane Theatre was built at 203 South Magnolia Avenue in Sanford, 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.


Digital reproduction of original newspaper article: Sanford Today, Vol. 01, No. 01, July 17, 1926, page 6: Item number DP0008871. Central Florida Memory. http://digitalcollections.lib.ucf.edu/u?/CFM,120926.


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ca. 1926-07-19

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Original newspaper article: Sanford Today, Vol. 01, No. 01, July 17, 1926, page 6: Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.

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Sanford Today, Vol. 01, No. 01, July 17, 1926.
Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.
Milane Theatre Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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Sanford, Florida

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Cepero, Laura

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"Helen Stairs Theatre." StageClick. http://www.stageclick.com/venue/457.aspx.
"Theater History." Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center. http://www.wdpac.com/footer-menu/theater-history/.
"Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center." Seminole County: Florida's Natural Choice. http://www.visitseminole.com/things-to-do/general/wayne-densch-performing-arts-center.



(Advance Notice)
Marion Fairfax, screen writer and producer, ushered in the first picture made by herself with a christening. The picture is "Old Loves and New," which comes next Monday to Milane Theater.
Although appropriate, the christening was merely a happy movie coincident, "Old Loves and New," which is Miss Fairfax's adaption of the celebrated E. M. Hull novel, "The Desert Healer," opens with a christening ball in Carew Castle, England, in honor of an heir born amid the strife of the late war.
Lewis Stone has the rule of Lord Carew, who, following the wreck of his home, wanders off to join the nomads of Algeria. In the opening sequence with Stone is Katherine McDonald, who is returning to the screen in her first big role. Others in the cast are Barbara Bedford, Tully Marshall, Walter Pidgeon, Ann Rork, Arthur Rankin and Albert Conti.

(Advance Notice)
Dolores Costello, who skyrocketed to stardom after her screen debut as the leading woman for John Barrymore in "The Sea Beast," will be seen in her new Warner Bros. picture. "The Little Irish Girl," at Milane Theater Tuesday.
"The Little Irish Girl" is founded on C.D. Lancaster's story, "The Grifters," meaning crooks who are a sort of cross between grifters and lifters. The Irish girl is one whose come-hither looks are exploited by a gang of city grifters who are operating in a small country town. The story is a mystery-comedy of rural wit matched against city slickness.
The screen version was written by Darryl Francis Zanuck, and the production was directed by Roy Del Ruth. The cast includes John Harron, Matthew Betz, Lee Moran, Gertrude Claire, Joseph Dowling, Dot Farley and Henry Barrows.

(Advance Notice)
Surrounded by an excellent supporting cast, george O'Brien comes to the Milane's screen Saturday in John Ford's latest picture for William Fox, "The Fighting Heart," based on Larry Evan's story "Once to Every Man." It is one of the finest things this young William Fox player has done on the screen.
If Larry Evans were writing a special screen story for George O'Brien, he could not have done better than "Once to Every Man." Besides having pathos, humor and dramatic situations, the story gives O'Brien an opportunity to appear in three distinct phases of life into which he fits admirably. O'Brien appears first as a country boy. He goes to the city and is later seen as a prize fighter. In this phase of the story his remarkable physique and boxing ability show to great advantage. Then he appears as the well groomed habitue of /broadway's gilded palalces.

(Advance Notice)
Charlie Murray, the famous half of the vaudeville team, Murray and Mack, does another of his inimitable portraits of an Irishman in trouble in M.C. Levee's First National picture, "Sweet Daddies," at the Milane Friday.
Charlie has won a solid place in the esteem of movie fans the world over, and it was he, along with Charlie Chaplin, and other celebrities who put the name of Mack Sennett on the film map.
Murray has since graduated from that famous comedy lot and is under a long term contract to First National from whom he was loaned to play one of the feature roles in "Sweet Daddies."

(Advance Notice)
A side of the war that has been clouded in mystery is brought to the screen for the first time in "The Greater Glory," the colossal screen epic showing at Milane Theater Thursday.
The picture was produced by June Mathis, who formerly gave the screen "The Four Horsemen," remembered as a priceless achievement. First NAtional releases "The Greater Glory."
That the story of "The Greater Glory," which reveals conditions in Vietnam before, during and after the war, is authentic is revealed in the fact that the picture is an adaptation of the celebrated novel, "Viennese Medley," written by Edith O'Shaughnessy, wife of the American minister at Vienna.

The assessed valuation of Seminole County in 1925 was $8,000,000.

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