Wenner who ran a dancing school in the Feeley Hall.
At first I felt that everyone was laughing at me and that I would never learn to dance. Other appearances of note included heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis, who was on hand to referee a boxing match at the hall in 1938, and comedian Red Buttons, who visited in 1941.
Early advertisements for the theater boasted of its proximity to the downtown area.
Many ads bragged, “103 Steps from Broad Street.” A playhouse The late A. Feeley, a South Laurel Street resident, wanted to add a playhouse to the city’s downtown.
The building had 36 “panic-proof” exits and an underground fire escape route from the stage to the street.
Flames broke out during the early-morning hours of Oct.
There were acts to please all members of the family, regardless of age,” Stumpf wrote.
A typical bill would feature a unicycle act, singer, comedy impersonator, dog act and tap dancers.
“When I was 19 (in 1918), I took dancing lessons from a Mr.
The Plain Speaker featured a review of the playhouse in its Nov. “The front stands three stories high and is made of art brick, worked into beautiful designs.
The roof is surmounted by a huge flash electric sign showing a flowing fountain,” reported the newspaper, a precursor to the Standard-Speaker.
A men’s smoking room featured telephones and a maid staffed the ladies’ waiting room.
“With the exception of wooden armrests on the seats, the building was entirely fireproof,” the 1916 article stated.
22, 1916, with a performance by the Hazleton Symphony Orchestra.