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September 27, 2013

From saloons to theaters: Display shows entertainment's history

Exhibit displays Cass Co. entertainment history

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Next, a visitor will see pipe organ music, which would have been used to accompany silent movies, and a Steinway piano with sheet music by Logansport natives Frank Kienley and W.T. Giffe.

The Colonial theater and The Dowling/Dolan Opera House, which became Broadway Theater, is pictured. From 1873 to 1911, the opera house had live shows and no film until it became the Broadway Theater in 1911. The business burned down in 1926. The theater became a major stop for theater groups on the way to Chicago, Conrad said.

“Logansport was considered a test audience,” Conrad said. “If a show flopped in Logansport, groups knew not to continue with it.”

Also featured in that section of the exhibit is a pair of 1868 opera glasses. There are posters of the Roxy Theater; the Paramount theater; Logan Theater and then the State Theater, which put the Paramount Theater out of business, Conrad said.

Old movie ticket stubs displaying prices ranging from 11 cents to $1.10 are shown in a display with posters from The Song of Bernadette and Gone With the Wind.

A section of the history of the State Theater is on display. Another section will be added soon about the Skyline Drive-In, Conrad said.

“If you can’t do interactive displays, the next bet thing is visuals, not just artifacts,” Conrad said. “This (the exhibit) grabs kids’ attention and isn’t so far off they can’t relate to it.”

The history showing everything from pipe music to theaters is something all ages can enjoy, Jones said.

“This is something that gets you out of the house,” Jones said. “Come enjoy a little culture in your own town.”

Conrad and Jones said they want to invite people to come check out the exhibit and then the rest of the museum. For those who haven’t visited lately, it is constantly changing, Jones said.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or amie.sites@pharostribune.com. Follow her: @PharosAES.

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