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Eamonn de Valera, the provisional “president of the Irish republic,” addressed a huge crowd at the Auditorium Theater, which included 400 people who were allowed to stand and sit on the stage itself.
John Philip Sousa, the March King, played to a wildly enthusiastic crowd at the Auditorium Theater and received “such applause as the historic old theater has rarely heard,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.
Old Fort Sherman in Coeur d’Alene, “one of the historic spots of the Northwest,” was up for sale. The site of the old army post had been owned by a lumber company for many years, but the company went bankrupt. The 60-acre site was now up for bid as part of the bankruptcy proceedings.
Spokane was excited about the prospect of being one of the Northwest stops on a major new theatrical circuit being organized by A.L. Erlanger, “the Little Napoleon of the theater world.” Erlanger was setting up a circuit to include Portland, Seattle and Spokane, “which will correspond to that of Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and New York in the east.”
From our archives, 100 years ago A parade of 236 decorated autos swept through Spokane in a “magnificent night spectacle.”
A reviewer in 1916 Spokane liked the production of “Madame Butterfly” - a lot.
From our archives, 100 years ago Authorities in Benewah County were investigating the mysterious disappearance of Oscar Olson, a young man who lived alone on farm on the St. Maries River.
From our archives, 100 years ago Leslie Reed, a well-known actor in Spokane, died during a motion picture shoot near Santa Barbara.
From our archives, 100 years ago The city’s juvenile probation officer was attempting to place several delinquent lads on ranches for the summer.
From our archives, 100 years ago The drama critic of The Spokesman-Review was not pleased, not pleased at all, by “The House of Bondage,” presented by the Baker Players at the Auditorium Theater.
From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. A.F. Randall of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church addressed a “mothers-and-daughters-only” meeting at the Auditorium Theater on the subject of “sex truth.”
The Auditorium Theater highlighted Spokane as the outpost of culture on the western plains. The building’s owners, John Browne and Anthony Cannon, arrived in the dusty village of Spokan Falls in 1878 to look for business opportunities, according to “Spokane, Our Early History” by Suzanne and Tony Bamonte. The population was 54. Browne and Cannon bought all the land they could.