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Nickelodeon: 1909

Nickelodeon: 1909

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1909. "Princess Theatre." Nothing nicer anywhere! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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The headless mannequin in Carron and Co. window doesn't seem to think much of the Princess!

Nothing Nicer Anywhere

An old postcard from the Princess. Which leads me to wonder, who sends postcards from theaters?

If I Had a Nickel

That seems to be the price of a good time back then, whether it be with a cigar or a movie.

Excuse me,

what was the name of the place again?

Oh my aching retinas.

With 6 arc lamps out front, 'Nothin Nicer Anywhere' would be up for debate after dark. But golly, that's a sweet little theater.

Fairly easy to date this photo.

"The Heroine of the Forge" and "The Castaways" (actual title), both Vitagraph products, were released on January 12, 1909. Pathe released "Elixir of Dreams" in the United States on March 22, 1909.

Nothing "spicier" anywhere

By the late 1960s, The Princess, at 98 Woodward Avenue, had morphed into the Empress Theater. This was a burlesque house that I visited on a number of occasions in my college years. By that time a renumbering had changed the address to 540 Woodward.

Especially the drama

Five-cent show going on all the time -- isn't that what family's for?

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