Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Theater on the front cover - The Poli


In 1900, B.F. Keith, E.F. Albee and F.F. Proctor formed the United Booking Office. Through it they quickly gained a monopoly over vaudeville talent. Poli, an independent theater operator from Connecticut had opened his series of theaters in the East with the profits from his New Haven operation. When United Booking wanted control, Poli resisted. As a result, Keith and Albee wired every bank in every city where Poli had a theater. Their announcement that they planned to open a rival house placed a financial squeeze forcing Poli into the Keith Circuit giving Scranton access to the finest talent in vaudeville.

Photo courtesy of Jack Hiddlestone

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