Abilene Morning Reporter News, May 8, 1927, Page 37

Abilene Morning Reporter News

May 08, 1927

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Abilene Morning Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 8, 1927, Abilene, Texas THE WESTERN WEEKLY. (MAGAZINE SECTION) SUNDAY. MAY 8. 1927. PAGE FIVE Hollywood Furnishes Most Elaborate Theatre HOLI, YWOOD, Calif., May 7.—A veritable crown jewel in Hollywood ’a diadem of magnificent and novel architecture, Graum&n’s Chinese theatre, hailed as the most ornate playhouse in the world yet to be dedicated to Thespis, structurally is complete, ready to be elaborately furnished for a spectacular opening early in May. The palatial edifice is a monument to the genius of Sid Grauman, internationally famed as an artificer of magnilieient playhouse as well as the peerless impresario of the picture play prologue. It represents the realization of Grauman’s dream of years to erect a theatre magnificent enough to provide a gorgeous setting for the greatest motion pictures, dramas or operas to be created in decades to come,. Reflecting the most glorious period iii architectural fantasy, the early Chinese dynasties, and authentic in structural detail, Grauman’s Chinese theatre w ill be unveiled to the world with Cecil DeMille’s pre-eminent screen opus, “The King of Kings, presaged by Sid Grauman’s supreme creation as a prologue spectacle, as the initial-att Taction. Fronting on famed Hollywood Boulevard at Orchid Avenue rn the very heart of the cinema capital of tile world, all the mystery of the Orient is suggested by its towering minarets of burnished copper frow ning in silent grandeur on one of the busiest thoroughfares of the universe. A solid facade of masonry, 40 feet high, surmounted by four ornate obelisks. presents the effect of a huge gate of entrance to a great oriental garden, which opens to the view as a gigantic elliptical forecourt with 40-foot walls, planted with full growa cocoa palms and rare tropical trees, after the. custom of the Chinese in bringing forestry end woodland lite into the hearts of their cities. Chinese vines and vendure droop from the summit of the towering walls and hang from bronze baskets, while, beneath on opposite sides of the forecourt, two colossal fountain bowls, IO feet high, fashioned to represent stone flowers, catch the spray from bronze gargoyles high above, ilium! Dated at night by gorgeous jeweled lamps casting iridescent rays. An ornate and dainty pagoda garden house forms the box office. BOYS AL CIR1 s Earn Money Writ* for I'4 pkfTs. Beautiful Post Cards. Sell for lie a pktf. When sold send us $2 «0 and keep 11.Of. No work—Just fun. Wiiu (loll Sjiedalljr Co., Box I, Woodbine, Pix. ft YEARS GUARANTEE We will »*nd this 5-year guaranteed American made lf size, nickel plated and stem wind a itch C. O. D. 11.80. Biggen fears* in «' " offered. If you order two We will sire you one FREE. Agents want* ed. Order today. Pay postman price plus postage on delivery. Money back guaranteed. WINEHOLT CO., Box C. W. *0 Woodbine, Pa. «2 BE AUK TREATHiKJS/fl//./ Look IO Years Younger jo tot r»jn taimure* - ail iWrUfex kl** I Uww.    tan I Mi aa if bt maxi* fraai ten minus-*. J*«t WM rn-font aam# anil aMma v*r rara    u.    ifAkiM    a •loon ikWL lac Artist’s drawing of recently completed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, with Bid Grauman, internationally famed creator of palatial playhouses and impressario of pro-logue-picture fame. Based on the resplendent motifs of the early Chinese dynasties, the imposing:    edifice    is    a    veritable museum of oriental art, with an elliptical forecourt entrance rivalling in natural beauty the famed gardens of Babylon. The amusement palace, seating 2,200 on one floor, has one of the large.-* stages in the world, capable of staging the greatest productions of the decades to come. It will opon with Cecil B. DeMille's “The King of Kings." In Another World— The massive but delicately fabricated front of the theatre, reaching DO feet abote the forecourt, like a ti- tantio pagoda shrine of the Chinese dynasties long before the time of King Solomon, enhances the illusion created in the court of entering another world. The bronze square-cut pagoda roof, aged to the color of green jade, is underlaid by two immense octagonal piers of coral red enriched at their lofty summits by great wrought iron masks. Underneath the roof and deep set between £be piers is a mammoth stone dragon modeled in relief on a slab 30 feet square. Immediately in front bf the dragon, a bronze statue of striking beauty symbolizes the human genius of poetry and drama, while a surrounding aura of golden flames suggests the ever-burning fires of dramatic fancy and creation. Directly beneath the statue is the entrance to the main foyer of the theatre through intricately wrought lacquered doors. This spacious vestibule is flanked on four corners by gigantic red lacquer columns, four feet in diameter, reaching 30 feet to the ceiling. The amazing effect created by these gorgeous pillars is magnified by the walls themselves, which encompass the gnat foyer with a fairy world with gardens, cities, and iridescent human figures and animals, the master work of the painters* artistry in soft color tones. The flanking vestibules of the foyer, or rather its extension on each side, present an amazing reversal of the main vestibule. Here, the ceilings are of the same gorgeous red lacquer as the columns, panelled and decorated with silver flowers above pluin walls of bright gold which transforms into gold through the radiance shed by a marvelous ceiling chandelier. The main auditorium, which seats 2,200 on one floor, gives the impression of entering a gigantic shrine of the time of the Five Emperors of the dynasty of Ilsia, when the world was very young. The massive effect is created through two rows of colossal stone columns on each side of the auditorium, octagonal in shape and seven feet in diameter, reaching the lofty ceiling. These columns with the side walls form great corridors as side entrances to the seats, producing the effect when first entered of gazing into interminable space, with the colossal pillars opposed by the towering walls, ornamented with silvered arborescence on deep red in titanic proportions. Awe-Inspiring Effect— The infinite detail of the great auditorium and the massive but delicately wrought scale in which it has been executed produces an awe-inspiring effect. The center doily of the ceiling, 60 feet in diameter, is entwined with immense silver dragon* in relkf bordered with a circle of giant gold medallions. Extending to the sidewalls are a myriad panels each presenting some fanciful scene of Chinese antiquity, with emperors, generals, and domestic animals and birds incorporated in ingenious detail to hold the attention. From the center is suspended a gigantic chandelier of' bronze in the form of a colossal round lantern, giving an effect of consummate grandeur by its extreme simplicity, its only ornaments being rows of incan descent bulb* giving the effect of huge crystal stranda. The interior of the chandelier is a solid mass of light bulbs making possible a thousand different color combinations. The elaborate decorative features of the entire theatre come to a focus in the mighty proscenium arch over the stage, formed of gigantic beams, with a supreme sculptural composition occupying its middle point. Tho central figure is a superb example of the sculptor’s creative genius, embodying in life size the Chinese am-' bassador of dramatic philosophy. Bo hinc! the figure is a gigantic bronze medallion incarnating the six immortal philosophers of dramatic genius. The stage is flanked by two gigantic gold lanterns, 30 feet high, cleverly wrought to .suggest the evanescent shimmering of sunlight upon waterfalls. The entire decorative scheme of the theatre is a color symphony, based on tile one dominating color of all Chinese art, red, interpreted in ruby, crimson, pale scarlet and coral lacquer, with complimentary hues to provide contrasting values and ae-cents, and bronze, gold, stone, and silver in their natural hues aa principal embellishments. Chinese artistry lias combed thm out the world in selecting the furnishings of the theatre. The carpets and rugs of the foyers were woven in C' na after designs prepared to ha] (Continued on J* I1 WESTEX COTTON SCHOOI WU J. OPEN ITS SI KM Kit TERM IN ABU.EN’ WEDNESDAY, JUNE I. Count* covers* six weeks, thorough work in c-laasin# routine cotton office work. 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