We came across this playbill for the Pantages Theater, now the McPherson Playhouse, from August 1917.

Advertisement for the Pantages Theater movie and vaudeville features, August 1917 (Victoria Online Sightseeing)

Advertisement for the Pantages Theater movie and vaudeville features, August 1917 (Victoria Online Sightseeing)

 

The bill included a movie feature on Monday and Tuesday, followed by several vaudeville acts performing on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday..

The movie feature was The Cigarette Girl starring Gladys Hulette (1896-1991), released by in JUly 1917 by Astra Film and Pathe Exchange.

The vaudeville program included:

  • The Mimic World – billed as vaudeville’s biggest act, with 30 people. “One Solid Hour of Wonderful Entertainment, Featuring Felix, of Felix & Claire, America’s Foremost Comedian and Mimic, In A Sparkling Musical Comedy;
  • The Lampinis – European Comedy Illusionists
  • Abrams & Johns – performing “When Hubby Realizes”
  • Smith & McGuire – “The Youthful Duo”
  • Joe Roberts, The Banjo King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The former Pantages Theater is now the McPherson Playhouse , 3 Centennial Square, at the corner of Government Street and Pandora Avenue. It was built in 1914 by architect Jesse m. Warren for the firm of McPherson, Fullerton & Elliot, which also owned the Central Building, 620 View Street, on View Street at Broad Street.

McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square, Government Street elevation. This building was built in 1914 by architect Jesse M.Warren for the Victoria real estate firm of McPherson, Fullerton & Elliot

McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square, Government Street elevation. This building was built in 1914 by architect Jesse M.Warren for the Victoria real estate firm of McPherson, Fullerton & Elliot