• Anja U. Kelley

    Great article! The Sottile Theatre (formerly Gloria), which opened in 1927, is still a hemp house though we are planning a stage renovation in the next year which will include going to a counterweight system. I love the idea of preserving components of the hemp system as well as documenting the conversion.

    • LisaLPat

      Thanks, Anja! So glad you’ll try to hold on to a bit of history. Good luck with the renovation!

  • tambascot

    “The people working in theatres around the turn of the century were sailors because they were the ones who knew how to tie the knots in the ropes,” explained Havard. “Early cuing for set changes was whistling, because that’s what sailors used to communicate over loud winds and waves on boats. If someone not working were to whistle in the theatre, it could be heard as a false cue leading to confusion and perhaps injury.”

    This is a myth, and it has been debunked: http://www.stolaf.edu/nbs/NBS_Dec_14/Article1/Article1.html

    • LisaLPat

      This is a fascinating article. Thank you for sharing it!

  • Patrick

    Thanks for this article.
    I am curious about the statement, “Most college theatres have motorized rigging systems…” This seems somewhat unlikely but perhaps not. Do you have data that you would share to show this? Thanks!

    • LisaLPat

      Thank you, Patrick. You make a good point. Perhaps a better way to state what I was getting at is, “Many newer college theatres…” I’m afraid that we do not have specific data on how many college houses have motorized rigging systems. Lisa

  • jml49

    Moore Theater in Seattle, WA has been an operating hemp house since being built in 1907. Currently managed by STG (Seattle Theater Group)

    • LisaLPat

      Thanks for letting us know!

  • Tim Burns

    The Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN which is an old vaudeville theatre dating back to 1909, still operates as a hemp house.

    • LisaLPat

      Many thanks, Tim. Very cool.