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IS r I 2 Theatrical Truest and It? gPassitig.
IB (Written, for Goodwin's Weekly.)
P Trusts, of course, hold the center of the stage
5 just now, with the political campaign drawing to
i a close. There is one trust not in politics, how-
, ever, that is likely to have some trouble after
i the count has been made and the field has been
I cleared for the next year's battle. There are mul-
l tiplying indications that a theatricarSvar of mag-
r nitude is impending and before it is over the syn-
dicate that has placed itself in control of the the-
, atrical situation is likely to be smashed.
Other trust magnates may well envy the six
I men who form this syndicate. Twenty years ago
i thoy were poor. They have been reveling in pow-
or for more than, six years now and the greatest
of public favorites at one time or another has been
! 4 compelled to make obeisance to them, while the
theater and amusement managers have been rest-
HijUj nk ive under their exactions. And all this has been
Hi I ?ii accomplished without an organization that can
K r , i f j be held accountable for anything and that does
B ff : it not have a dollar of liabilities. It is all income.
jH 1 1 5 U As planned the syndicate .was invincible. The
M 1 1 j f six men who combined to make it were in control
m I Sw of the theatrical situation. Charles Frohman and
M I . L r Al Hayman had obtained long leases on most olj
1 . (j ; the important theaters of New York and Mr. Proh-
M man and those associated with him were the great-
K ; est dramatic producers in the country. Nixon &
bbv i )f'
M Zimmerman were equally powerful in the circuit
j . V of Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Baltimore and Wash-
m v t ington, the first refuge of a play after it has worn
B 1 lk ' out its welcome in New York. Klaw & Erlanger
H a j t controlled a booking agency through which passed
B 1 'Jj j the business of most of the important theaters in
B I 8 the country.
B V J ? Once formed there was nothing to hinder the
V V 'I fe i growth of the trust. Managers of plays were coni-
f b pelled to accept its terms or be denied bookings
1 J at the theaters it controlled. Managers of thea-
Bvl Ii ters were compelled to accept its bookings or do
jjj ,b ' without the plays it booked. One after another fell
B ".j into line until two years ago the syndicate was in
k) , position to force practically every independent
Bj 'I Ah t manager to accept its terms.
W ! M' There were not easy at times. Five per cent
Bj 'I! ! of the gross receipts in some cases as high as 33
H $5 per cent of e Profl nas keen tne Price often
1 1! $ exacted for the services of the booking agency.
H in J 4 th Managers of independent productions that were
LV 1 V profitable found it to their interest to permit mem-
H v if U bers of the syndicate to take a share in them.
. ;j 'J There was scarcely any theatrical property that
B j ft !- did not pay dividends in some fashion. Conse-
Bl II i quently the profits grow and the members of the
Bl r V syndicate a year ago divided an income that ran
Hi jl j' ' well up into six figures.
Hi il 1 1 f When "Florodora" was running at the Casino,
B ti with a contract permitting it to stay so long as the
Bl 11 ' I ' business held above the line of profit, the syndi-
B f i cate determined to book Miss Anna Held for that
B' j j house. "You must move to the New York," the
B-,r J ! managers of "Florodora" were told.
ti - I "Of course not," they said. "We have a con-
BLjgl i I tract that will keep us here the rest of the sea-
B:j 3k son."
B i m I "Well, we have promised to let Miss Held in
Bf ft i and you move or your companies play the barns of
H I'W the country," was the ultimatum. "Florodora"
Bkm H moved and with it went the prosperity it had en-
V-h I jj joyed.
B j j d That is an instance of the power the syndicate
B j 'a I wields. But that power is working its undoing.
i'll Already there are signB that its members are pre-
K'il mm Paring for war among themselves. Nixon & Zim-
Br ! 181 merman began it. When Augustin Daly died they
H I Bf secretly attempted to lease Daly's theater, al-
Hw MT though by the terms of their agreement they were
IHh Hi not to attemPt to obtain a foothold in New York.
HHmK Tbo otners checked them at that house.
Then Klaw & Erlanger, who were to have con
fined themselves to the booking agency, began a
defensive policy. They sought control of thea
ters in New York and when unable to lease them
immediately bought plots and are now erecting
two theaters. When the New York was put upon
the market a few months ago they purchased it
and so by next season they will be entrenched,
with three houses.
Nixon & Zimmerman have not been idle. They
are supposed to be in close alliance with the Shu
bert brothers who have taken long leases on the
Casino and Princess theaters and will have the new
theater to be erected this season by Reginald De
Koven. They have been in control of the Herald
Square for two seasons, but Klaw & Erlanger re
cently obtained the new lea&o of that house in the
name of another firm.
Meanwhile Charles Frohman is believed to
have made preparations for a breach in the syn
dicate. Should it come he must have theaters
throughout the country in which to place his at
tractions and he has been in close touch with the
Stair syndicate, which has a circuit of popular
priced houses, which might be turned into first
class houses over night. With him are operating
Al Hayman and the strong firm of Rich & Harris.
There seems to be little doubt that a crisis is
coming. Already these interests are in conflict
and the feeling of hostility has had more than
one manifestation. Shrewd observers believe the
season will not be over before some overt act
brings on a battle that will cause a breach in the
syndicate and probably a three-cornered fight for
control of the situation.
When this comes there will be other powerful
managers who will have a voice in the contest.
David Belasco will be one of these. He is already
in open rebellion. His first defiance of the trust
was uttered last spring when he sought bookings
for Mrs. Carter in "Du Barry." He wanted six
weeks this season in New York and the rest of the
time in five other cities. He was curtly told that
no time would be given in New York and that
Mrs. Carter must make an extensive tour to the
Mr. Belasco instead leased a theater. It was
one of Oscar Hammerstein's, which had been de
voted to opposition to the syndicate with not a
little bad fortune to its builder. Mr. Belasco made
it over and announced that hereafter he would
control his own bookings in New York. He had
another contest recently when he asked for book-
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