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Encyclopedia > Martin Beck (vaudeville)

Martin Beck (1867November 16, 1940) was a vaudeville theatre owner. He owned Orpheum Circuit, Inc. 1867 (MDCCCLXVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ...



Beck emigrated to the United States from Austria in 1883 with a troupe of actors. He worked as a waiter in a Chicago beergarden then went to San Francisco with the Schiller Vaudeville Company in the early 1890s. While there Beck became friends with the owner of the San Francisco Orpheum Theater, and when it was bought by Morris Meyerfeld in 1899 he helped Morris expand by acquiring other theaters. By 1905 Beck was running the organization, which extended from Chicago to San Francisco. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


In the spring of 1899, twenty-five-year-old Harry Houdini met Beck at a beer hall in St. Paul, Minnesota where Houdini was performing. Beck telegraphed Houdini from Chicago: "You can open Omaha March twenty sixth sixty dollars, will see act probably make you proposition for all next season." Houdini wrote at the bottom of telegram, "This wire changed my whole Life's journey." Harry Houdini (born Ehrich Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was one of the most famous magicians, escapologists, and stunt performers of all time as well as an investigator of spiritualists. ... State capitol building in Saint Paul Saint Paul is the capital and second-largest city of the state of Minnesota in the United States of America. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Omaha is the name of some places in the United States: *Omaha, Nebraska (the most familiar one) Omaha, Georgia Omaha, Illinois Omaha, Texas It is also the name of a Native American tribe, after which the city in Nebraska is named; see Omaha (tribe). ...

Martin Beck Theater

He was voted out of the presidency of Orpheum Circuit, Inc. after it went public in 1923. Martin then opened the Martin Beck Theater in 1924.


Orpheum Circuit, Inc. merged with the chain started by Benjamin Franklin Keith and Edward Franklin Albee II on January 28, 1928 to form the Keith-Albee-Orpheum Corporation. January 28 is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Keith-Albee-Orpheum Corporation was the owner of a chain of vaudeville and motion picture theatres. ...


He returned to vaudeville in 1932, running the booking office at RKO, and in 1934 brought the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company to America for the first time. RKO could stand for: RKO Pictures The R.K.O. - finishing manoever (and initials) of WWE professional wrestler Randy Orton. ...


He died at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on November 16, 1940. November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ...


  • New York Times; November 17, 1940. MARTIN BECK DIES; THEATRE VETERAN; Manager, Producer and Actor, Builder of the Palace, Stricken Here at 71 BEGAN ORPHEUM CIRCUIT Headed Variety Group in West for 27 Years -- Came to U.S. as Immigrant at 18. Martin Beck, who built the Palace Theatre, once the goal of all variety actors, and the theatre on West Forty-fifth Street that bears his name, died at 6:30 A.M. yesterday in Mount Sinai Hospital.
  • New York Times; November 19, 1940. THEATRE LEADERS AT BECK FUNERAL; 400 Attend Rites for Founder of Orpheum Circuit and Builder of Palace ARTHUR HOPKINS SPEAKS Eulogizes Producer -- William A. Brady and Lee Shubert Among the Bearers. More than four hundred persons, including some of the leading figures of the American theatre, attended a brief service yesterday in the Campbell Funeral Church, Madison Avenue at Eighty-first Street, for Martin Beck, founder of the Orpheum...



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