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The 1911 Rochester City Directory lists Chester Fenyvessy as the manager of the Colonial Theatre in Rochester, indicating the name change to “Colonial” occurred by 1911. In 1911, my grandmother, Madonna (Montran) Fenyvessy, played piano for the silent films there.
Silent movies were played at the Feeley in the early 20s along with vaudeville acts.
Julius Cahn’s Official Theatrical Guide for 1910-1911 reported that the seating capacity was 2,025.
According to an article in the Chippewa Herald (Feb 28, 1991, Page 56), The Rex Theater became the Rivoli Theater. In other articles, I found that the Victor Theater became the Rex Theater sometime between 1918 and 1920.
The theater was in operation by June 1926. My grandmother performed a vaudeville show there against the silent film “Beverly of Graustart” June 21-23, 1926.
A photo of the theatre, circa 1912, is at http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/postcards/PC004317.html
There is a vintage photo of the theater on Flickr at
OMG – My grandmother played in a show, “Chin Chin,” at the Grand Theater in Rock Springs on November 23, 1919. The show had a cast of 65 people in the production. I can’t imaging how they could have fit 65 cast members in there plus customers. Is there any chance there was another Grand Theater in Rock Springs?
The Wyoming State Tribune mentions the Princess Theater being “prosperous” on Page 2 of the March 14, 1918 newspaper. So the theater predates then.