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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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