As part of our series on Historic Victoria Advertisements, Movies & Theatre, 1920-1929 here is a 1926 advertisement for a live production of Up In Mabel’s Room, at the Coliseum Theatre, originally the Kinemacolor Theatre, 1600 Government Street.
The program features Ed. Redmond and the Coliseum Players and the Tickle Orchestra. The Billy Tickle Orchestra was one of Victoria’s best known bands between the 1920’s and the 1940’s. In future we will post Historic Victoria Advertisements showing the Billy Tickle Orchestra playing at the Crystal Garden, the Empress Hotel and other Victoria venues.
The Coliseum Theatre, originally the Kinemacolor Theatre, was built in 1913 and is still standing at 1600 Government Street. It is now a mixed use commercial and residential strata building.
Here are some examples of other performances of Up In Mabel’s Room:
Radio production by Front Line Theatre, also featuring Harry James and his Orchestra.
Here’s a movie version of Up In Mabel’s Room from 1944, starring Dennis O’Keefe and Marjorie Reynolds
Here is short clip from a 1926 silent movie version of Up In Mabel’s Room, which may have been part of the reason the Coliseum Players were performing the play in 1926.
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