Saturday, December 23, 1933 - Sunday, January 28, 1934 (4 Weeks)
Little Women
Starring Katherine Hepburn and Joan Bennett
Directed by George Cukor
An R-K-O Radio Picture
115 Minutes

"The Night Before Christmas" A Silly Symphony in Technicolor / Directed by Wilfred Jackson / A Walt Disney Production / A United Artists Release

Overture: Songs of Long Ago
Grauman's Chinese Theatre Orchestra, David Ross, Conductor

SID GRAUMAN ATMOPHERIC PROLOGUE
with Paul Draper, Albertina Rasch Ballet, Adohr Opera of the Air Singers (augmented)

Scene 1—A New England home in 1860
a. Grandfather's Clock—Jackie Hughes
b. Then You'll Remember Me—Roy Russell and Wynne Davis
c. Love's Old Sweet Song—Jackie Hughes
d. Knitting Maids—Rausch Girls. Little Women—Dianna Douglas, Wynne Davis, Jesse Cole, Estella Veles

Scene 2—Glen
a. Song—Romany Life (the villagers greet the gypsies)
b. Call of the Woodlands—William Felix Knight and Ensemble
c. Dance of the Gypsies—Rausch Girls
d. Vilia—Francis White
e. Operatic Wrangle—Carmen and Faust—Tudor Williams, Fred Scott, arl Cowan, Emmett Casey, and the Misses White and Wynne Davis
f. Dancing Diversions—Fred Draper
g. Albertine Rausch Ballet and Ensemble
h. Finale—At the Clearing

Staged by Sid Grauman and Max Schek
Edward Lester, Voice Director


Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 1934:
Shows at 2:15, 3:45, and 8:15

Reported Gross "Little Women" @ 55¢ - $1.65
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Friday, December 29, 1933
14
$21,000
2
Friday, January 5, 1934
14
$22,500
3
Friday, January 12, 1934
14
$15,000
4
Friday, January 19, 1934
14
$16,500
5
Friday, January 26, 1934
14
$14,000
6
Sunday, January 28, 1934 (2 Days)
6
$6,000
Totals
37 Days
Daily Average: $2,568
--
--
6 Weeks
Average Performance: $1,286
70
$95,000
Source: Variety
 
Premiere, Friday, February 9, 1934
Regular Engagement: Saturday, February 10, 1934 - Sunday, March 18, 1934 (6 Weeks)
Queen Christina
Starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
A Metro-Goldywn-Mayer Picture
99 Minutes

SID GRAUMAN PROLOGUE
with Marie "Gamby" Gambarelli

"The Grasshopper and the Ants" A Silly Symphony in Technicolor / Directed byWilfred Jackson / A Walt Disney Production / A United Artists Release

Overture: "Queen Christina" Overture, Under the Direction of Dave Ross

Scene I—Corridor of the Palace
Song—"The Queen's Guard is Marching Away"
Captain of the Guards—Tudor Williams / Officers—Fred Scott. Roy Russell, Emmett Casey, LaGrande Anderson, with Male Chorus

Scene II—Interior Palace of the Queen
The Queen—Dione Carroll, Page—Francis White, Officers of Guard and Dignitaries, The Lover—Roy Russell

Scene III—Entrance of the Maidens
America's Premiere Dancer—Marie "Gamby" Gambarelli
Musicians of Grand Opera—Company of Sixty
1. Waltz—"La Traviata", with William Felix Knight, Prussian Dancers and Ensemble
2. Drinking Song—"Cavaleria", with Tudor Williams, Fred Scott and Male Chorus
3. "Last Rose of Summer"—"Martha", with Jean Merrill, Audrey Farmcroft, Catherine Rose and Girls's Ensemble
4. "Ah! May Heav'n Forgive You Kindly"—"Martha", with Emmett Casey, Wynne Davis, Tudor Williams, Catherine Rue, LeGrande Anderson
5. Grand March from "Tannhauser" with the Ensemble

Scene de Ballet—Gambarelli and Ballet
The Royal Entertainers—Paul Remos and Company
Court dancers—Ensemble
Song—Christmas Music—Roy Russell
The Page Songs of Love—"Queen Christina"—Francis White and Entire Ensemble

Finale
At the Opera—Casey Shaw Collins—the Queen, Jackie Bingham—the Countess

Entire Prologue conceived and supervised by Sid Grauman
Staged by Max Scheck
Music and lyrics of entire Prologue by Edward Ward and George Waggner
Costumes—United Costumes, Inc.
Wigs—Elaine Loriaine, Wig Shop
--
House Manager - George Lundberg
Secretary - Gertrude Skall
Treasurer - Basil Mallicoat
Assistant Treasurer - Robert Edney
Assistant Treasurer - Floyd Beavers


"Purse Fitting Prices": Matinees: 50¢, 75¢; Evenings: 50¢, 75¢, $1:00

Reported Gross "Queen Christina" @ 50¢ - $1.00
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
Preem
Friday, February 9, 1934 ($5.00 Top)
1
$5,900
1
Thursday, February 15, 1934
14
$18,200
2
Thursday, February 22, 1934
14
$15,700
3
Thursday, March 1, 1934
14
$14,000
4
Thursday, March 8, 1934
14
$12,300
5
Thursday, March 15, 1934
14
$11,200
6
Sunday, March 18, 1934 (3 Days)
6
$2,400
Totals
38 Days
Daily Average: $2,097
--
--
6 Weeks
Average Performance: $1,035
77
$79,700
Source: Variety

Photo by Clifton Adams

 
Premiere, Tuesday, April 3, 1934 @ 8:30 PM
Regular Engagement: Wednesday, April 4, 1934 - Sunday, June 17, 1934 (11 Weeks)
Special Return Engagement: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 22, 23 & 24, 1934 (12 Weekends Total)
The House of Rothschild
Starring George Arliss and Boris Karloff
Directed by Alfred Werker
A 20th Century Picture with Technicolor sequences
A United Artists Release
88 Minutes

Universal News

"The Big Bad Wolf" A Silly Symphony in Technicolor / Directed by Burt Gillett / A Walt Disney Production / A United Artists Release

Overture—Orpheus. . .Offenbach - Mr. David Ross, Conducting

SID GRAUMAN PROLOGUE "Studio Life"

The Studio Gate
Introducing "We're the Backbone of the Industry"
Cameramen, Technicians, Writers, Directors, Producers and Extras
Jackie Hughes - Hollywood Discovery
John Alban as John Barrymore
Dance of the Sombreros

Set 4
"King Henry the Eighth"
with Bud Jamison as King Henry VIII

Set 5
"Love is the Theme Song"
a concept on the operetta style, featuring Francia White - prima donna and the Grauman Singing Emsemble.
Introducing solo moments in
French - John Ellis and Wynne Davis
German - Roy Russell
Italian - Fred Scott
Russian - Catherine Rue and The Moscow Quartette
Mexican - Emmet Casey
Devona Doxie
Song Birds - Audrey Farncroft

Stage 6
Maria "Gamby" Gambarelli in "The Swan"
Sound Department - Cass, Mack and Owen - International Favorites (at Premiere, this sections was performed by Cookie Bowers - "the one and only")

Stage 7
Maria "Gamby" Gambarelli and Ballet in "Sophisticated Syncopation"

Stage 8
Jack Powell "King of the Drumsticks"

Stage 9
"Drums of My Heart"

Stage 10
Tableau - Napoleon at Moscow

Conceived and Produced by Sid Grauman
Stage Direction - Max Scheck
Dance Direction - Maria "Gamby" Gambarelli
Costumes - United Costumes
Gambarelli Costumes - Corinne
Music and lyrics by Edward Ward and George Waggner
(Premiere programe states: Grauman's Chinese Theatre perfumed for this performance with "Of Thee I Sing"

Executive Staff for Mr. Grauman
General Auditor - Frank Hundley
Director, Advertising and Publicity - Harry Hammond Beall
Stage Manager - George Ormston
Company Manager - C. Colton Cronin
House Manager - George Lundberg
Secretary - Gertrude Skall
Treasurer - Basil Mallicoat
Assistant Treasurer - Robert Edney
Assistant Treasurer - Kathleen Lumpkin
Assistant Treasurer - Floyd Beavers


Premiere Tickets: $5.00


"Not to be shown in any other theatre during 1934"
("Rothschild" was playing the United Artist Theatre in downtown Los Angeles in September, 1934 - ED)


Friday, May 18, 1934:

Grauman's Chinese Theatre 7th Birthday Today
Sunday, June 24, 1934 At the Evening Performance:

Extra "Grand Symphony Concert" conducted by David Ross
Courtesy of M.R.A.

Reported Gross "The House of Rothschild" @ 50¢ - $1.50
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
Preem
Tuesday,April 3, 1934 ($5.00 Top)
1
$6,000
1
Monday, April 9, 1934
12
$26,000
2
Monday, April 16, 1934
14
$23,000
3
Monday, April 23, 1934
14
$20,900
4
Monday, April 30, 1934
14
$18,400
5
Monday, May 7, 1934
14
$16,000
6
Monday, May 14, 1934
14
$14,100
7
Monday, May 21, 1934
14
$14,000
8
Monday, May 28, 1934
14
$13,700
9
Monday, June 4, 1934
14
$11,900
10
Monday, June 11, 1934
14
$12,000
11
Sunday, June 17, 1934 (6 Days)
12
$7,200
Return
Sunday, June 24, 1934 (3 Days)
6
$5,900
Totals
79 Days
Daily Average: $2,394
--
--
12 Weeks
Average Performance: $1,204
157
$189,100
Source: Variety

Issues of The Playgoer, dated Monday, April 30, 1934 (5th Week), and Monday, May 14, 1934 (6th Week), exisit for this engagement.


Mr. Darryl F. Zanuck, Mr. George Arliss and Mr. Grauman at the House of Rotschild premiere.
 
  Monday, June 25, 1934 - Wednesday, October 17, 1934 (12 Weeks):

THEATRE DARK
Central Forecourt Box Office Installed during this time
 
 
Thursday, October 18, 1934 - Wednesday, October 31, 1934 (2 Weeks)
The Affairs of Cellini
Starring Constance Bennett and Fredric March
Directed by Gregory La Cava
A 20th Century Picture / A United Artists Release
80 Minutes

SID GRAUMAN PROLOGUE with Raymond Paige and his California Melodies Orchestra of 40: "A Night at the Hollywood Bowl"


3 Stage Shows Daily: 2:30, 7:00 and 9:30 PM
Doors Open at 12:30 PM, First Feature at 1:00 PM
4 Shows Saturday and Sunday
"Sensational Low Prices:"
30¢ until 1:00 PM, 40¢ until 6 PM, 65¢ Evenings
Thursday, October 18, 1934 at the Evening Show:

In Person: Fay Wray / Frank Morgan / Louis Calhern / Vince Barnett

Reported Gross "The Affairs of Cellini" @ 30¢ - 65¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Wednesday, October 24, 1934
23
$10,700
2
Wednesday, October 31, 1934
23
$8,700
Totals
14 Days
Daily Average: $1,385
--
--
2 Weeks
Average Performance: $422
46
$19,400
Source: Variety
 
Thursday, November 1, 1934 - Thursday, November 15, 1934 (2 Weeks)
The Count of Monte Cristo
Starring Robert Donat and Elissa Landi
Directed by Roland V. Lee
A Reliance Production / A United Artists Release
113 Minutes

Universal Newsreel

SID GRAUMAN Presents

1. Raymond Paige and his California Melodies Orchestra
Offering a Medley of Current Hits as played by Raymond Paige over the air
(a) "New Moon Over My Shoulder"
(b) "Two Cigarettes in the Dark"
(c) Love in Bloom

2. Banjoist Etraordinary, Jimmy Sill

3. Jackie and Earl Hatch "Going to Heaven on a Mule"

4. Charles Beynon "Pale Moon"

5. Marget Hegedus, Hungarian Violinist in Gypsy Airs

6. Buster Shaver and His Little Stars Olive & George "A Novelty in Miniature"

7. Finale: Raymond Paige and his California Melodies Orchestra in "Mardi Gras"


"Grauman's Chinese Theatre - The Showplace of the Nation"

Reported Gross "The Count of Monte Cristo" @ 30¢ - 65¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Wednesday, November 7, 1934
23
$12,000
2
Thursday, November 15, 1934 (8 Days)
26
$12,100
Totals
14 Days
Daily Average: $1,721
--
--
2 Weeks
Average Performance: $491
49
$24,100
Source: Variety
 
 
Friday, November 16, 1934 - Wednesday, November 21, 1934 (1 Week)
The White Parade
Starring Loretta Young and John Boles
Directed by Irving Cummings
A Fox Picture
80 Minutes

1. Universal News - Graham McNamee Announcing

2. "Dognappers" Starring Mickey Mouse / Directed by David Hand / A Walt Disney Production / A United Artists Release

3. Radio's Favorite Maestro - Raymond Paige - and his augmented California Melodies Orchestra offering "March Slav" by Tschaikovsky(sic)

4. Jackie and Earl Hatch - Favorite Melodies from "The Desert Song"

5. Raymond Paige - offering his impressions of the country's popular band leaders
a: Ted Fio Rito
b: Al Fox
c: Paul Whiteman
d: Duke Ellington
e: Ray Noble

6. Marget Hegudus, violinist - playing "Caprice Viennoise"

7. Radio's Popular Artiste - Mary York, soprano offering "One Fine Day" from "Madame Butterfly"

8. Raymond Paige and his augmented California Melodies Orchestra presents the current popular hit "Love for Sale"

9. "The White Parade"

10. William Hoffman - Concert Organist


Day and Date:
Loew's State Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "The White Parade" @ 30¢ - 65¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Wednesday, November 21, 1934
(6 Days)
20
$8,100
Totals
6 Days
Daily Average: $1,350
--
--
1 Week
Average Performance: $405
20
$8,100
Source: Variety


An issue of The Playgoer, dated Friday, November 15, 1934 exisits for this engagement.

 
Thursday, November 22, 1934 - Wednesday, November 29, 1934 (1 Week)
We Live Again
Starring Anna Sten and Fredric March
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
A Sam Goldwyn Production / A United Artists Release
85 Minutes
Raymond Page and his Orchestra
"The Goddess of Spring" A Silly Symphony in Technicolor / Directed by Wilfred Jackson / A Walt Disney Production / A United Artists Release
Day and Date:
Loew's State Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "We Live Again" @ 30¢ - 65¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Wednesday, November 29, 1934
23
$8,300
Totals
7 Days
Daily Average: $1,157
--
--
1 Week
Average Performance: $361
23
$8,100
Source: Variety
 
 
Thursday, November 29, 1934 - Wednesday, December 5, 1934 (1 Week)
The Merry Widow
Starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture
99 Minutes
Walt Disney Silly Symphony
FitzPatrick Traveltalk / A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Short Subject
Continuous Performances from 11:00 AM
Day and Date:
Loew's State Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "The Merry Widow" @ 30¢ - 65¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Wednesday, December 5, 1934
42
$13,400
Totals
7 Days
Daily Average: $1,914
--
--
1 Week
Average Performance: $319
42
$13,400
Source: Variety
 
Tuesday, December 4, 1934
Maurice Chevalier (46) and Jeanette MacDonald (31) Forecourt Ceremonies
   
Thursday, December 6, 1934 - Wednesday, December 13, 1934 (1 Week)
Evelyn Prentice
Starring William Powell and Myrna Loy
Directed by William K. Howard
A Metropolitan Production / A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Release
79 Minutes
"The Live Ghost" Starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy / Directed by Charley Rogers / A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Short Subject
"Toyland Broadcast" A Harman / Isisng Cartoon in Technicolor / Directed by Rudolf Ising / A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Cartoon
"Zion: Canyon of Color" A FitzPatrick Traveltalk in Technicolor / A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Short Subject
Day and Date:
Loew's State Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "Evelyn Prentice" @ 30¢ - 65¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Wednesday, December 13, 1934
35
$8,600
Totals
7 Days
Daily Average: $1,229
--
--
1 Week
Average Performance: $246
35
$8,600
Source: Variety
 
 
Thursday, December 13, 1934 - Wednesday, December 19, 1934 (1 Week)
The Last Gentleman
Starring George Arliss and Edna May Oliver
Directed by Sidney Lanfield
A 20th Century Picture / A United Artists Release
72 Minutes "No one will be admitted during the last 10 minutes"
"Two Gun Mickey" Starring Mickey Mouse / Directed by Ben Sharpsteen / A Walt Disney Production / A United Artists Release
"Bum Voyage" Starring Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly / Directed by Nick Grinde / A Hal Roach Production / A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Release
"The Girl from Paradise" Starring Sylvia Froos and Frank Luther / A Fox Short Subject
Day and Date:
Loew's State Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "The Last Gentleman" @ 30¢ - 65¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Wednesday, December 19, 1934
35
$5,400
Totals
7 Days
Daily Average: $771
--
--
1 Week
Average Performance: $154
35
$5,400
Source: Variety
 
 
Thursday, December 20, 1934 - Monday, December 24, 1934 (1 Week)
Music in the Air
Starring Gloria Swanson and John Boles
Directed by Joe May
A Fox Picture
85 Minutes
Day and Date:
Loew's State Theatre, Downtown

Reported Gross "Music in the Air" @ 30¢ - 65¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Monday, December 19, 1934 (5 Days)
30
$3,700
Totals
5 Days
Daily Average: $740
--
--
1 Week
Average Performance: $106
35
$3,700
Source: Variety
 
 
Tuesday, December 25, 1934 - Monday, December 31, 1934 (1 Week)
Bright Eyes
Starring Shirley Temple and James Dunn
Directed by David Butler
A Fox Picture
85 Minutes
Day and Date:
Loew's State Theatre, Downtown
Monday, December 31, 1934:

Last show of "Bright Eyes" begins at 6:00 PM
--
Gala Premiere at 12:00 Midnight:

KID MILLIONS
Starring Eddie Cantor and Ann Harding
Directed by Roy Del Ruth
A Samuel Goldwyn Production / A United Artists Release
90 Minutes
--
Premiere Tickets: 75¢

Reported Gross "Bright Eyes" @ 30¢ - 65¢
Week
Week Ending
Perfs.
Gross
1
Monday, December 31, 1934
33
$9,200
Totals
7 Days
Daily Average: $1,314
--
--
1 Week
Average Performance: $279
33
$9,200
Source: Variety
 
 
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