414 First Street,
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Functions: Beauty Salon
Previous Names: Grand Theatre
The detective work of local historian David Wilkinson unearthed the location of this early silent theatre in Woodland. It is now the Top Hat barbershop. His story can be found in the Woodland Daily-Democrat on February 25, 2007, as part of a series on the history of theatre going in Woodland. (I found the preceding article for free by accessing NewsBank on my local library web site).
The Grand Theatre was opened on March 14, 1908. The building that housed the theatre was built in 1889. On May 16, 1908 it was renamed Elite Theatre.
From my readings in the Daily-Democrat archives, I found that its typical fare could have been “Inside of the White Slave Traffic”, which played there in October of 1914. It seems to be an exploitation film marketed as educational fare. A small note reads: “The management requests every father and mother to bring their sons and daughters, as they will learn a great moral lesson”.
Admissions were 10 and 15 cents. Its advertisements disappeared from the newspaper when it closed in 1915.
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