“Background: In the days that followed the collapse of the Knickerbocker Theater’s roof on January 28, 1922, the story of the theater’s orchestra was covered by the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the New York Times, and other news organizations. I have researched the newspaper archives and I have also included information and photos that were passed down through a Knickerbocker orchestra family, the Natiello family, to describe what happened to the musicians and composer on that snowy night 90 years ago. As with my first and second Knickerbocker stories, I follow the family after the disaster. Below is their story.
Snow had fallen for almost 24 hours and Ernesto Natiello, the conductor of the Knickerbocker Theater orchestra, was worried about the show that evening. It was Saturday, the Knickerbocker Theater’s biggest ticket day of the week, and it was not good timing for a snowstorm…(Click here to read the whole post).”
THS has quite a bit of material on the Knickerbocker Theater in the archive, including a reprint of the 1922 front page coverage. Click below to see a larger version of each image.