Saturday, February 18, 2006

Palace Ad, 1919

The Palace was located about where the Ruan Center now stands, at 607-609 Locust, and had a reasonably long run from 1913 to 1931.

This ad, from the defunct newspaper The Des Moines Capital ("Every Inch A Newspaper"), is a wonderful time capsule in itself--has anybody ever heard of "The Heart of Humanity", the movie that "will live forever"? Somehow, the raves quoted here aren't especially encouraging--the Secretary of War weighs in his two cents, and the Chicago American dubs it "the peer of 'Birth of a Nation'". Uh oh. And tickets prices are upped to a whopping 50 cents for this run--when typical admissions at this time were 5 to 10 cents--which still beats the big city fares of two dollars.

1 comment:

bustedacres said...

You know when the Secretary of War likes it, it's gotta be good.

I know my silent films (well, some of them--for a dead artform they sure did put out a lot of product) and I've never heard of this one.

I have this vague fantasy that flash animation and so forth may help to revitalize the silent movie artform. Maybe there will eventually be a successful way to establish a silent film exhibition website once people fully merge their gigantic TV screens with their computers.

Have you seen "Lumiere and Company"?