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|Volume 15 Number 2!||
A 2 day sale of wonderful collectibles from Ron Hutchinson was held on Saturday October 5th, & Sunday October 6th, 2019. Project member Patrick Picking flew from Detroit, Michigan to Newark, New Jersey, and then rented a car to travel the rest of the way to Piscataway, NJ to attend. It was hard to see so many of Ron's things go, but they went to like minded collectors of the Vitaphone Project. Ron's wife Judy, son Jared, and daughter Heather were all there to run the sale. Ron had a nicely organized selection of hundreds of 78s on the shelves to go. Other items were old record players, sheet music, hundreds of books, movie posters, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and more. Refreshments and vintage background tunes are were played for all who came.
Note that no Vitaphone discs were sold. The approximately 400 Vitaphone discs Ron owned were already moved to another location where they will be well cared for.
Ron is included beginning at the 3:37 mark. Watch the full 2019 memorial video here: https://www.facebook.com/tcmtv/videos/784405835360767/
Here is the description of this film from The First Hollywood Sound Shorts, 1926-1931 by Edwin M. Bradley: The Barber Shop Chord, with Marty martel, Vitaphone 3640, 1 reel. T. Directors: Tenny Wright, Sid Silvers. Copyrighted November 25, 1929. Reviews: V. November 13, 1929; MPN, November 30, 1929. Songs: "The Barber Shop Chord," "Oh! What I Know About Love," "It's a Fast Life and a Hot One." Comment: "Entertaining short with an idea... Carries the novel comedy angle of a barber shop serving a song of dance with the customer's order as desired."
Read more about Rio Rita here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Rita_(1929_film).
When movies began to talk, hundreds of theaters needed to be converted to the new Vitaphone sound-on-disc system. It was an expensive task, and many small theaters couldn't afford the costs to convert their theaters again to the new sound-on-film system when the Vitaphone process became outdated during the depression. Here are some photos of Vitaphone equipped theaters - what they looked like then, and how they changed over the years. The last picture of each theater will take you to Google Maps, so you can see what the sites look like now, as well as the surrounding area. Hover your mouse over each picture for a description. A link to the history of each theater from CinemaTreasures.org is found below each group of pictures.
Read more about the Winter Garden Theater in New York City here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/839
Read more about the Warners Hollywood Theater here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/18
Read more about the Oxford Theater in Oxford, Michigan, here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/15030
Read more about the Midland Theater in Hutchinson, Kansas, here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/56909
Read more about the Vita-Temple Theater in Toledo, Ohio, here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/15673
Read more about the Coliseum Theater in Ketchikan, Alaska, here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/57932
Read more about the Orpheum Theater in Livingston, Montana, here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/39927
Read more about the Capitol Theater in Ilion, New York, here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/23620
Read more about Eric's progress on King of the Kongo, and other fascinating stories, here: https://www.drfilm.net/blog/
When films began to talk, they began to sing, and play music too. Sheet music for the songs people were hearing on the big screen became very popular. Above is a sampling of the Vitaphone sheet music from various films of 1929. Each of these songs were released as individual pieces of sheet music. This Witmark Theme Song Dance Folio collected the pieces and put them together into one book. Several issues followed this first issue. While not listing all of the sheet music, I have included all of the photos of the Vitaphone stars of 1929 included in this 46 page book.
With the help of Ron Hutchinson's wife Judy, we were able to transfer his Soundcloud account to Patrick Picking. Ron was a frequent uploader of Vitaphone discs to Soundcloud. This transfer will allow the continuation of our Vitaphone Project channel. You can listen to the 654 tracks he uploaded - Vitaphone discs and other songs from that period - here: https://soundcloud.com/vitaphone/
The Vitaphone Projectís Facebook Group now boasts 3,094 members and has multiple new posts every day. In addition to film clips, stills, posters and discoveries, the site also announces new DVD releases and inquiries from its members. With the ending (or postponement) of The Vitaphone News website, the FaceBook page is the best source of current and up-to-date information on anything Vitaphone Project related.
Join us at this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vitaphoneproject/
Your generous donations help to keep our Project going. VitaphoneProject.com internet hosting & SoundCloud.com service fees make your support even more important than ever. While not tax deductible, your donation allows us to continue spreading the word and seeking out disks and film elements for future restorations.
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Here's a summary of all of the thank-you CDs now available for donations of $50 or more:
"I THANK YOU!!"
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