First National Convention of the Legitimate Theatre - 1937
- Meat Show Meeting
The First National Convention of the Legitimate Theatre. Held
Under The Auspices of The American Theatre Council. Hotel Astor,
New York. May 24-27, 1937.
The founders of the American Theatre Council, finding overwhelming
evidence of the continued vitality of the theatre in this country,
believe the moment opportune to take stock of resources and potentialities
in order that creative efforts may be more wisely directed to
enrich this vitality.
By 1937 the motion picture had reached enormous levels of
success and the state of the legitimate theatre become grave in
many eyes. A meeting was convened all aspects of the theatre industry
to discuss strategies for survival. The meeting at the Hotel Astor
in the heart of the theatre district was dubbed by Time Magazine
to be the "Meat Show Meeting".
We offer a two piece lot of ephemera from this meeting. (Stock
number FNCLT) $100.00
The meeting program 52 pages. 7" x 10". Some annotations
in pencil. Statement of the American Theatre Council. List of
the Advisory Board. Officers of the American Theatre Council.
Acknowledgments. Program. Advertisements. Full page photos of
stars of the day including:
Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Katherine Cornell and Guthrie
McClintic, Walter Huston, Helen Hayes, Ina Claire, Jane Cowl,
Maurice Evans, Katherine Hepburn.
Gala Supper & Entertainment Menu. Thursday May 27, 1937.
9" x 13". Cover has some soil and rumpling at the top.
The entertainment included - Kitty Carlisle, Charles Collins,
Maurice Evans, John Feeney, Reginald Gardiner, Ray Heatherton,
Bob Hope, Bert Lahr, Beatrice Lillie, Ernie Mack, Burgess Meredith,
Marc Plant, Dorothy Stone, Frank Tours, Harry Foster Walsh.
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