Premiere, Tuesday, November 25, 1930
Regular Engagement: Saturday, November 26, 1930 - Sunday, January 18, 1931 (7.5 Weeks)
Morocco
Starring Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
A Paramount Picture
92 Minutes

The Most Glorious Prologue Ever Produced: "Moorish Melodic Fantasy" Conceived by Fanchon and Marco

A: Paramount Sound News / Fox Movietone News / Hearst Metrotone News

B: "Moorish Melodic Panorama" Staged by Larry Ceballos Starring
"Marietta"

Amanda Chirot

Hadji Ali with Toofik Simon and His Damascus Artists

Ali Ben Hassan Troupe

Ferdna and Company

Gayl

Bert & Daro

Eva Nightengale

Ada Malemgard

24 of Hollywood's Most Beautiful Sunkist Beauties
--
Choral Ensemble, by Ernest G. Grooney
Musical Settings by Karl Hajos
Ensembles by Larry Ceballos
--
Chinese Symphony Orchestra, conduced by Georgie Stoll

Reported Gross "Morocco" @ 75¢ - $1.50
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Monday, December 1, 1930
14
$38,500
2
Monday, December 8, 1930
15
$27,300
3
Monday, December 15, 1930
15
$21,366
4
Monday, December 22, 1930
14
$16,500
5
Monday, December 29, 1930
14
$11,000
6
Monday, January 5, 1931
15
$21,000
7
Monday, January 12, 1931
14
$12,000
8
Sunday, January 18, 1931 (6 Days)
12
$13,500
Totals
55 Days
Daily Average: $2,734
--
--
9 Weeks
Average Performance: $1,330
113
$150,366
Source: Motion Picture News / Motion Picture Herald
 
World Premiere, Thursday, January 22, 1931 @ 8:30 PM
Regular Engagement, Friday, January 23, 1931 - Sunday, April 5, 1931 (11 Weeks)
Trader Horn
Starring Harry Carey and Edwina Booth
Directed by W. S. Van Dyke
A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture
122 Minutes

SID GRAUMAN PROLOGUE

1. The Overture
"Ebony and Blue" A symphony in color, arranged and interpreted by Georgie Stoll, musical director, Chinese Theatre Symphony Orchestra. Though comprised of many modern melodies, you will note throughout the musical fabric the aboriginal rhythms . . . the weird strains of the jungle . . . the measured beat of the tom toms . . . which are the background of today's popular spirituals and symphonic jazz compositions.

2. The News
Hearts Metrotone News . . . Fox Movietone News These two great news subjects bring a kaleidoscope of interesting, timely happenings all over the civilized world . . . in scenes . . . in sound . . . in dialogue.

3. The Prologue
"Rhapsodie in Black" Presented by Fanchon & Marco. Staged by LeRoy Prinz. Featuring the Norman Thomas Quintette with Etude Ethiopian Chorus of 30 voices, directed by Freita Shaw . . Laura Smith . . George Green . . James Johnson . . and 30 African dancing beauties. A Classic of stagecraft . . a highly impressionistic portrait of primitive African peoples, rhythms and melodies depicting the birth of rhythm.


Premiere Tickets: $5.00, $3.00, $2.00

Saturday, January 24, 1931:

"First and Only Midnight Matinee" at 11:30 PM: "Trader Horn and Extras, including "W. S. Van Dyke presents the entire cast on stage: Harry Carey, Edwina Booth, Mutia Omoola

Reported Gross "Trader Horn" @ 75¢ - $1.50
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Sunday, January 25, 1931 (4 Days)
8
$23,600
2
Sunday, February 1, 1931
14
$32,000
3
Sunday, February 8, 1931
14
$30,000
4
Sunday, February 15, 1931
14
$33,000
5
Sunday, February 22, 1931
14
$27,300
6
Sunday, March 1, 1931
14
$22,000
7
Sunday, March 8, 1931
14
$17,000
8
Sunday, March 15, 1931
14
$16,000
9
Sunday, March 22, 1931
14
$13,500
10
Sunday, March 29, 1931
14
$15,200
11
Sunday, April 5, 1931
14
$8,000
Totals
74 Days
Daily Average: $3,211
--
--
11 Weeks
Average Performance: $1,605
148
$237,600
Source: Motion Picture Herald


An issue of The Playgoer, dated Monday, January 22, 1931 (1st Week), exisits for this engagement.

Saturday, January 31, 1931
Marie Dressler (62) and Wallace Beery (45) Forecourt Ceremonies
   
West Coast Premiere, Tuesday, April 7, 1931 @ 8:30 PM
Regular Engagement: Wednesday, April 8, 1931 - Monday, May 4, 1931 (5 Weeks)
Dirigible
Starring Jack Holt and Ralph Graves
Directed by Frank Capra
A Columbia Picture
100 Minutes

FANCHON AND MARCO PROLOGUE

A:
Hearst Metrotone News (All the news at a glance)
--
Fox Movietone News (It speaks for itself)

B: The Overture:
Overture Inspirations Chinoises (Chinese Inspirations)
Arranged by Georgi Stoll, conducting the Chinese Theatre Symphony Orchestra
--
A fabric of melodies of Old Cathay inspired by the atmosphere and architecture of the Chinese Theatre.
--
Liberating the music and rhythmic poetry of line and color which is the soul of the design of the Chinese Theatre, Georgie Stoll, conductor, has arranged a blending of compositions of the Far East.

C: The Prologue:
"Trois Grandes Figures" (Three Big Figures)
--
An ultra-modern extravaganza centering around three scenic figures. . ."The Orchid Lady," "The Peanut Vendor" and "The Old Fashioned Lady."
--
Fanchon & Marco strike an ultra-modern note in novelty, the action being staged around three mammoth scenic figures, representative of various types in dramatic interpretation. These figures were prepared in the scenic department of the Roxy Theatre in New York City especially for this prologue.


Premiere Tickets: $5.00


Performances at regular price schedule Twice Daily, 2:30 and 8:30 P.M., starting Wednesday, April 8. Seats at Box Office, GL 5184 or Owl Drug, 6th & Broadway, and all agencies.

Reported Gross "Dirigible" @ 75¢ - $1.50
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Wednesday, April 8, 1931 (8 Days)
14
$19,100
2
Wednesday, April 15, 1931
14
$12,500
3
Wednesday, April 22, 1931
14
$12,200
4
Wednesday, April 29, 1931
14
$8,500
5
Monday, May 4, 1931 (5 Days)
10
$6,500
Totals
34 Days
Daily Average: $1,729
--
--
5 Weeks
Average Performance: $891
66
$58,800
Source: Motion Picture Herald
 
  Tuesday, May 5, 1931 - Thursday, May 28, 1931 (3 Weeks):

THEATRE DARK
Monday, May 18, 1930:

Grauman's Chinese Theatre 4th Birthday Today
 
 
Friday, May 29, 1931 - Wednesday, June 10, 1931 (2 Weeks)
Women of All Nations
Starring Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe
Directed by Raoul Walsh
A Fox Picture
72 Minutes

1. Chinese Theatre News Events - Selected from latest Fox Movietone and Hearst Metrotone pre-releases
2. "Hunting Thrills" A Grantland Rice Sportlight
3. "The China Plate" A Silly Symphony / Directed by Wilfred Jackson / A Walt Disney Production, released by Columbia Pictures
4. The Masquers Club of Hollywood presents "Stout Hearts and Willing Hands" Starring Frank Fay and Lew Cody / Directed by Bryan Foy / Released by R-K-O Radio Pictures


Daily at 2:15 and 8:30
All seats reserved, Matinees: $.50; Evenings $.75
Day and Date:
Criterion Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "Women of All Nations" @ 25¢ - 75¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Thursday, June 4, 1931
14
$9,600
2
Thursday, June 11, 1931
14
$6,400
Totals
14 Days
Daily Average: $1,143
--
--
2 Weeks
Average Performance: $571
28
$16,000
Source: Motion Picture Herald

An issue of The Playgoer, dated Friday, May 29, 1931 (1st Week), exisits for this engagement.

 
Thursday, June 11, 1931 - Thursday, June 25, 1931 (2 Weeks)
Trader Horn
Starring Harry Carey and Edwina Booth
Directed by W. S. Van Dyke
A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture
122 Minutes

"Mickey Steps Out" Starring Mickey Mouse / Directed by Burt Gillett / A Walt Disney Production / A Columbia Pictures Release
First Time at Popular Prices
Daily at 2:15 and 8:30
All seats reserved, Matinees: 50¢; Evenings 75¢
Day and Date:
Fox Criterion Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "Trader Horn" @ 25¢ - 75¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Wednesday, June 17, 1931
14
$4,900
2
Thursday, June 25, 1931 (8 Days)
16
$6,000
Totals
15 Days
Daily Average: $727
--
--
2 Weeks
Average Performance: $363
30
$10,900
Source: Motion Picture Herald
 
Friday, June 26, 1931 - Monday, July 20, 1931 (4 Weeks)
A Free Soul
Starring Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard
Directed by Clarence Brown
A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture
93 Minutes
1. Chinese Theatre News - Selected Hearst Metrotone and Fox Movietone Pre-Releases

2. "Wild and Wooley" with Pete Smith / Directed by Charles Dorian / A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Short Subject

3. "Water Bugs" A Grantland Rice Sportlight
Daily at 2:15 and 8:30
All seats reserved, Matinees: 50¢; Evenings 75¢
Day and Date:
Fox Criterion Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "A Free Soul" @ 25¢ - 75¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Thursday, July 2, 1931
14
$13,500
2
Thursday, July 9, 1931
14
$12,500
3
Thursday, July 16, 1931
14
$8,300
4
Monday, July 20, 1931 (4 Days)
8
$7,000
Totals
25 Days
Daily Average: $1,652
--
--
4 Weeks
Average Performance: $826
50
$41,300
Source: Motion Picture Herald
 
 
Tuesday, July 21, 1931 - Monday, August 10, 1931 (3 Weeks)
Young As You Feel
Starring Will Rogers and Fifi Dorsay
Directed by Frank Borzage
A Fox Picture
78 Minutes
Daily at 2:15 and 8:30
All seats reserved, Matinees: 50¢; Evenings 75¢
Day and Date:
Fox Criterion Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "As Young As You Feel" @ 25¢ - 75¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Monday, July 27, 1931
14
$14,000
2
Monday, August 3, 1931
14
$11,270
3
Monday, August 10, 1931
14
$11,500
Totals
21 Days
Daily Average: $1,751
--
--
3 Weeks
Average Performance: $855
43
$36,770
Source: Motion Picture Herald
 
 
Tuesday, August 11, 1931 - Monday, August 24, 1931 (2 Weeks)
Transatlantic
Starring Edmund Lowe and Lois Moran
Directed by William K. Howard
A Fox Picture
78 Minutes

Daily at 2:15 and 8:30
All seats reserved, Matinees: 50¢; Evenings 75¢
Day and Date:
Fox Criterion Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "Transatlantic" @ 25¢ - 75¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Monday, August 17, 1931
14
$11,200
2
Monday, August 24, 1931
14
$7,700
Totals
14 Days
Daily Average: $1,986
--
--
2 Weeks
Average Performance: $993
28
$27,800
Source: Motion Picture Herald
 
 
Tuesday, August 25, 1931 - Wednesday, September 16, 1931 (3 Weeks)
Bad Girl
Starring James Dunn and Sally Eilers
Directed by Frank Borzage
A Fox Picture
90 Minutes

1. "Blue Rhythm" Starring Mickey Mouse / Directed by Burt Gillett / A Walt Disney Production / A Columbia Pictures Release

2. Grauman's Chinese News, Fox Movietone and Hearst Metrotone Pre-releases

3. Grantland Rice Sportlight "Battling Silver Kings"

4. Chic Sale in "The County Seat" / Directed by Mark Sandrich / An RKO Short Subject


Daily at 2:15 and 8:30
All seats reserved, Matinees: 50¢; Evenings 75¢
Day and Date:
Fox Criterion Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "Bad Girl" @ 25¢ - 75¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Monday, August 31, 1931
14
$9,800
2
Monday, September 7, 1931
14
$10,200
3
Tuesday, September 16, 1931 (9 Days)
18
$7,400
Totals
23 Days
Daily Average: $1,191
--
--
3 Weeks
Average Performance: $596
46
$27,400
Source: Motion Picture Herald

An issue of The Playgoer, dated Tuesday, August 25, 1931(1st Week), exisits for this engagement.

 
Thursday, September 17, 1931 - Monday, October 5, 1931 (3 Weeks)
Merely Mary Ann
Starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell
Directed by Henry King
A Fox Picture
74 Minutes

1. Grauman's Chinese News / Hearst Metrotone News / Fox Movietone News

2. "Pearls and Devilfish" with Pete Smith / Directed by Harold Austin / A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Short Subject

3. "I Surrender Dear" A Mack Sennett Special Comedy, starring Bing Crosby / Directed by Mack Sennett / A Sennett Picture Corporation Production


Daily at 2:15 and 8:30
All seats reserved, Matinees: 50¢; Evenings 75¢
Day and Date:
Fox Criterion Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "Merely Mary Ann" @ 25¢ - 75¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Wednesday, September 23, 1931
14
$9,000
2
Wednesday, September 30, 1931
14
$7,500
3
Monday, October 5, 1931 (5 Days)
10
$3,500
Totals
19 Days
Daily Average: $1,053
--
--
3 Weeks
Average Performance: $526
38
$20,000
Source: Motion Picture Herald

An issue of The Playgoer, dated Thursday, September 17, 1931 (1st Week), exisits for this engagement.

 
Gala Premiere, Tuesday, October 6, 1931 @ Chinese only
Regular Engagement: Wednesday, October 7, 1931 - Thursday, October 22, 1931 (2 Weeks)
The Cisco Kid
Starring Warner Baxter and Edmund Lowe
Directed by Irving Cummings
A Fox Picture
60 Minutes
1. Singing Waters - a Screen Novelty

2. "Fishing Around" Starring Mickey Mouse / Directed by Burt Gillett / A Walt Disney Production / A Columbia Pictures Release

3. Special! Clark and McCullogh in "False Roomers" directed by Mark Sandrich / An R-K-O Radio Short Subject
Opening Night, In Person: Warner Baxter, Conchita Montenegro, Nora Lane, director Irving Cummings. James Dunn, Master of Ceremonies
Daily at 2:15 and 8:30
All seats reserved, Matinees: 50¢; Evenings 75¢; Children All Matinees, 25¢
Day and Date:
Fox Criterion Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "The Cisco Kid" @ 25¢ - 75¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Monday, October 12, 1931
13
$10,500
2
Thursday, October 22, 1931 (10 Days)
20
$6,300
Totals
17 Days
Daily Average: $988
--
--
2 Weeks
Average Performance: $509
33
$16,800
Source: Motion Picture Herald

An issue of The Playgoer, dated Monday, October 19, 1931 (2nd Week), exisits for this engagement.

 
Friday, October 23, 1931 - Friday, November 6, 1931 (2 Weeks)
Yellow Ticket
Starring Elissa Landi and Lionel Barrymore
Directed by Raoul Walsh
A Fox Picture
88 Minutes
"Sharks and Swordfish" with Pete Smith / A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Short Subject
"The Beach Party" Starring Mickey Mouse / Directed by Burt Gillett / A Walt Disney Production / A Columbia Pictures Release
Daily at 2:15 and 8:30
All seats reserved, Matinees: 50¢; Evenings 75¢; Children All Matinees, 25¢
Day and Date:
Fox Criterion Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "The Cisco Kid" @ 25¢ - 75¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Thursday, October 29, 1931
14
$9,000
2
Friday, November 6, 1931 (8 Days)
16
$4,000
Totals
15 Days
Daily Average: $866
--
--
2 Weeks
Average Performance: $433
30
$13,000
Source: Motion Picture Herald
 
 
World Premiere, Friday, November 13, 1931 @ 8:30 PM
Regular Engagement: Saturday, November 14, 1931 - Sunday, December 20, 1931 (6 Weeks)
The Champ
Starring Wallace Berry and Jackie Cooper
Directed by King Vidor
A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture
86 Minutes

A: Grauman's Chinese News; The latest Releases of Hearst Metrotone and Fox Movietone Newsreels

B: "Athletic Daze" with Pete Smith / Directed by Ray McCarey / A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Short Subject

C: The Return of the Super Show; Stage Show Supreme:
"Once Upon a Time" featuring
Keith Wilbur,
Raye, Ellis and LaRue,
Dorothea and Helena Blossom
and Franklyn Record
Imported Direct from the Roxy Theatre in New York City
Augmented by the Chinese Melody Makers
Orchestra Conducted by Dion Romondi
All Seats Reserved, Matinees at 2:15: 50¢, 75¢, $1.00; Evenings at 8:30: 75¢, $1.00, $1.50
Stars attending the Premiere:
Charles Curtis, Vice President of the United States, Guest of Honor / Mrs. Dolly Gana / Norma Shearer / Jackie Cooper / Joan Crawford / Marie Dressler / Buster Keaton / Robert Montgomery / Louis B. Mayer / Ramon Novarro / King Vidor / Lionel Barrymore / Clark Gable / Polly Moran / Conrad Nagel / Lewis Stone / Charlotte Greenwood / James Rolph Jr., Governor of California / Irving Thalberg / Enmund Goulding / Will H. Hays / M. C. Levee / Ann Harding / Constance Bennett / Pola Negri / Robert Armstrong / Tom Keene / Dolores Del Rio / Irene Dunne / Roscoe Ates / Ricardo Cortez / Richard Dix / Bert wheeler / Robert Woolsey / Edward G. Robinson / Marian Marsh / Bebe Daniels / Ben Lyon / Loretta Young / Mervyn LeRoy / Richard Arlen / Ruth Chatterton / Maurice Chevalier / Marlene Dietrich / Eleanor Boardman / Norman Taurog / Josef von Sternberg / Lew Cody / Warner Baxter / Jmaes Dunn / Sally Eilers / Janet Gaynor / George O'Brien / Reginald Denny / James Durante / Cliff Edwards / Neil Hamilton / John Miljan / Anita Page / Marjorie Rambeau / W. S. Van Dyke / Harry Rapf / E. J. Mannix / Leila Hyams / Jean Hersholt / Hedda Hopper / Una Merkel / Nils Aster / Carl Laemmle, Jr. / Harry Beaumont / Paul Bern / B. P. Fineman / Kathryn Crawford / Ralph Graves / Jean Harlow / Billie Dove / Jack Holt / Harry Bannister / William Powell / Carole Lombard / Ivan Lebedeff / Joel McCrea / Lowell Sherman / Irene Rich / Edward Brophy / Hale Hamilton / Stan Laurel / Oliver Hardy / Mack Sennett / Andy Glyde / Ken Maynard / Mae Marsh / Hal Roach / E. P. Berr / Howard Hughes / El Brendel / Paul Lukas / Hunt Stromberg / George Fitzmaurice / Charles Farrell / Bernard Hyman / Virginia Valli / Albet Lewin / Thelma Todd Premiere Tickets: $5.00, $3.00, $2.00

Monday, December 2, 1931:

"Tonight is Shriner's Night - visiting Nobles and Members of Al Malaikah Temple will attend - WEAR YOUR FEZ!"

Fifth Week: $9,100
Sixth Week (3 days): 2,800, 50¢ - $1.50 - Motion Picture Herald

Thursday, December 12, 1931
Jackie Cooper (9) Forecourt Ceremonies
 
Reported Gross "The Champ" @ 50¢ - $1.50
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Thursday, November 19, 1931
13
$22,180
2
Thursday, November 26, 1931
14
$22,500
3
Thursday, December 3, 1931
14
$17,700
4
Thursday, December 10, 1931
14
$14,000
5
Thursday, December 17, 1931
14
$9,100
6
Sunday, December 20, 1931 (3 Days)
6
$2,800
Totals
38 Days
Daily Average: $2,323
--
--
6 Weeks
Average Performance: $1,177
75
$88,280
Source: Motion Picture Herald
 
 
Gala Premiere, Friday, December 25, 1931 @ both 2:15 and 8:15 PM
Regular Engagement: Saturday, December 26, 1931 - Monday, January 26, 1932 (4 Weeks)
Hell Divers
Starring Wallace Berry and Clark Gable
Directed by George Hill
A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture
109 Minutes

SID GRAUMAN PROLOGUE "With 100 Artists"

Chinese Symphony Orchestra, Oscar Baum, conducting

"Desert Regatta" with Pete Smith / Directed by Jules White / A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Short Subject


Matinee Premiere at 2:15; Tickets: 75¢, $1.00, $1.50
Jackie Cooper, Master of Ceremonies
 
 
Evening Premiere at 8:15; Tickets: $3.00 "Formal Dress Suggested"
Stars attending the Premiere:
Wallace Berry / Clark Gable / Maurice Chevalier / Loius B. Mayer / Irving Thalberg / William Powell / Harold Lloyd / Richard Dix / John Barrymore / William Haines / James Durante / George Bancroft / Lionel Barrymore / Buster Keaton / Frederick (sic) March / Warner Baxter / Edmund Lowe / Mary Pickford / Norma Shearer / Joan Crawford / Marlene Dietrich / Constance Bennett / Ruth Chatterton / Dolores Del Rio / Sylvia Sidney / Tallulah Bankhead / Irene Dunne / Lupe Valez / Dorothy MacKaill / Lelia Hyams / Anita Page / Lilyan Tashman / Madge Evans



Mr. Grauman and Mr. Gable at the Hell Divers premiere.
 
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