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Talkie Season Opens: Wintergarden Theatre (c.1929)

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The Wintergarden Theatre

Original classification rating: G. This clip chosen to be G

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This silent clip begins with a title card announcing that the Wintergarden Theatre is the 'first theatre in the world to present a completely new invention in Talking Picture Equipment’. This is followed by an exterior shot of the Wintergarden Theatre with banners for the talkies on its awnings and flags decorating its façade. This cuts to a closer shot of one of the signs advertising the gala opening and the talkies program. Another title card introduces the Raycophone invented by Ray Allsop, a sound system that has been installed at the Wintergarden. Footage of Allsop concludes the clip.

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