The History of SonLight


Orange Daily News
Orange, California

May 21, 1929
Pages 1 & 2

Orange Theatre Ready For Opening Tomorrow

The finishing touches were being rushed to the Orange "Circle" theater today in preparation for the grand opening ceremonies to be held tomorrow night.

Working late into the night in order to have the new cinema palace in readiness for its premier, workmen have been busily engaged in laying down the carpets, installing draperies, applying finishing decorative touches and the scores of other things that remain to be done at the last minute.

According to A. B. Crawford, resident manager, everything should be in readiness for the opening night performance, except perhaps for a few minor changes which are to be made later.

The sound equipment, which is said to be the finest, most complete outfit of its nature in Orange county, was installed last night and is awaiting its final test, scheduled for tonight.

The stage drapings have all been set in place, outstanding among them being a beautiful green plush curtain, designed with rich folds, gold braided rope and gold trappings.

The opening performance will be featured by a first-run, all talking picture, "Molly and Me," co-starring Belle Bennett and Joe E. Brown. Screen vaudeville, singing and a colorful prologue will complete the attractive program.

Arthur Cannon, former West Coast organist at Long Beach, will be at the console of the organ, presenting a musical novelty for the opening program as well as tonal effects for silent pictures.

Crawford announced that no seats would be reserved for the premier or succeeding shows, although later, especially when road shows are presented, reservations would be in order.

"First come, first served will be the policy opening night as well as succeeding nights," Crawford said, urging those desiring choice seats to come early.

The doors open tomorrow night at 6:15, with the first performance starting promptly at 7 o'clock. The opening program will hold over until Thursday night.

A Program, presenting the feature picture, "The Donovan Affair," opens Friday night, continuing until Saturday.

Mary Pickford in "Coquette," her first all-talking attraction opens on Sunday with a, matinee.


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