Many vaudeville houses had anunciator cases at the base of each proscenium leg with the names of the acts on painted cards which, when a button was pushed, would drop down in front of each other as the show proceeded. The Al. Ringling (the “prototype” movie palace by Rapp and Rapp, done for the circus family) still has a different and unusual letter system. Tom DuBuque was working in the archives and just happened across a photo of the Empress Theatre, Decatur, Illinois which had a similar letter system.
Does anyone know of other theatres which have / had the system pictured below?
Al. Ringling Director Brian Heller’s asks:
One of the unique features of the Al. Ringling Theatre is the lights on the side of the proscenium indicating to the audience the acts that were appearing so they could follow along in the program. I'm not aware of this feature in other theaters I've seen. Do you know of any other theater that has used such a system? Thanks,