NEW ARCHIVE ACQUISITION
In late July THS was able to acquire by purchase architect Walter W. Ahlschlager’s original rendering of the lobby of the 3,200 seat Belmont Theatre, Chicago. (See Marquee Vol. 28 No. 3 for more on this building.) It opened in 1926, and preceded his Roxy, New York City but shows similarities. The 26” x 37” watercolor drawing, whose colors remain bright and has little damage, was acquired by a Wisconsin collector who purchased it at the same time he bought the Belmont’s Wurlitzer organ. The organ is the only intact Publix #1 model of seventeen shipped from the factory that has not had major alterations or additions of computers or digital control systems. As such it is a museum piece and the Ohio THS member who headed a group which just purchased the organ says they intend to keep it that way. This spectacular rendering joins others in the THS Archive, including Lamb’s Pitkin Theatre, NYC; Eberson’s Bronx NY Paradise; Rapp and Rapp’s Rialto Joliet, IL lobby; Rambusch Decorating Co’s. Roxy, NYC; and Edward Steinberg’s exterior of the Genesee, Waukegan, Illinois.