Orange Daily News
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
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
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
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.