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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 36 (26)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 36
Page 36

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 36

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Eberson Accomplishments, 1901 to 1949

A Necessarily Limited Pictorial Review That is Representative of More Than 400 Theatres Designed

st a From the days of the nickelodeon t0 the current day of modern and substantially built motion picture theatres is a span of more years than most men care to recall. To John Eberson, and now to his son and associate, Drew, those years have been ripe with success and satisfaction. They recognized the needs of the great pioneers whose foresight built the motion picture industry, and in brick, mortar, and steel carved a record on it of their particular design abilities. Naturally a complete pictorial and editorial record of so many buildings is not possible to achieve, so an attempt is here made to chart the course of theatre design, by means of outstanding structures that originated from the drawing boards of Eberson draftsmen, and rose to the sky under Eberson supervision down through the years.

I Elsewhere in this volume will be found a picture of John Ebersonls first job and an editorial record of his achievements in the. hinterlands of the middle west that accidentally bent the young designer toward the theatre which has been his hobby, obsession, and lifework ever since. During these early days, many vaudeville, combination vaudeville and motion picture, and relatively minor motion picture theatres resulted from Eberson drawings, sweat, and tears, but few were photographed, and of those which were, the ravages of the years have left their mark on the prints now in exists ence to the point of making their reproduction an impossibility. So, skipping the faded and yellowed photographs of an era that was not yet truly motion picture-dominated, the pictorial thread is picked up at a later date when the motion picture started to feel its boxoffice power.

In 1922, when vaudeville was the prime feature and motion pictures only a husky assistant in the entertainment world, John Eberson designed and con mI-lm ,


, * structed the Orpheum and office building 7.4

rue. in Wichita, Kans., (Photo No. 1) for the J W "i I " W *i i' then big and powerful Interstate Amuses {a {E 7 ment Circuit. * Ma ..4 w. .v Eberson's prestige in Wichita result :5ing from this accomplishment caused him to be called upon in 1925 to design and construct The Masonic Temple in that city (Photo No. 2). It was a classic structure which was then, and still is, one of the most pleasing, substantial and important buildings in that territory. At that time, he was associated with another architect named Weaver.

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 36