Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mae West: Creaky

Catch MAE WEST in Oz land — — along with high-kicking chorus girls who remember her fondly.
• • Here's what we know: "Hooray for Hollywood" will shine its spotlight on stars from the golden era of Hollywood such as Mae, the Marx Brothers, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple, and Liberace.
• • The Heidelberg Allstars, with an average age of 68, are an amateur group of song and dance performers with decades of stage experience. The ladies will perform on November 12, 13, and 14 at Banyule Theatre in Heidelberg, Australia.
• • Mae West at the Majestic with Karl Hoblitzelle • •
• • Hallowe'en is here, so a true ghost story is in order.
• • Texas reporter Joy Tipping has had her own spooky encounters on Elm Street.
• • Joy Tipping writes: The Majestic Theatre on Elm Street downtown began its life as a vaudeville theater and is the last remaining remnant of the city's once-thriving Theater Row. Entrepreneur Karl Hoblitzelle built the Renaissance Revival theater as the flagship of the Interstate Amusement Co., and it housed both performance and office space.
• • All the big names of vaudeville played the Majestic — — Mae West , Bob Hope, even Houdini. Movies were added to the repertoire in 1922, and were shown until the theater closed in 1973 (the last film, appropriate considering the ghostly activity, was "Live and Let Die"). It also was used as a film location for Brian De Palma's film (yes, more spooky connections) "Phantom of the Paradise" [1974]. In 1977 the Majestic was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it reopened in 1983 for performances of musicals, dramas, concerts, and comedy.
• • Karl Hoblitzelle, some say, never left, although he died in 1967. I'd have to agree with them. When I was in my 20s, I worked at the Dallas Ballet, which had its offices on an upper floor of the building. There was a door in my office that led into the theater, and one of my duties was to make sure that door was closed and locked every night. Many mornings, I would come in and find it standing wide open, even though I was sure I'd locked it the night before.
• • When I finally brought this up with my boss, he laughed. "Oh, that's Karl. This used to be his office, and he likes to use his personal door to go into the theater to check things out." I never could get that door to stay closed, and there was often an inexplicable chill in my office. . . . Many visitors and workers have reported similar experiences, in addition to backdrops moving around on their own, odd smells and the presence of a man in one of the balcony seats who vanishes when anyone goes to check on him. ...
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• • Article: "Haunted Dallas: Resident ghosts make their presence known"
• • Written by: JOY TIPPING / The Dallas Morning News /
• • Published on: Friday, 29 October 2010
• • Published by: The Dallas Morning News — —

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