Yet another unidentified, untitled, and undated article from Pop’s scrapbook. I’ve narrowed the time frame down to sometime after 1924, since that’s when Billy borrowed the money to purchase the Monte Carlo on W. 51st Street. I attempted to find a date of incorporation, but the Secretary of State’s online search didn’t recognize the name of the corporation, and the Secretary of State’s office was unable to locate the business when I called. Unfortunately, they can only search for the exact spelling of the name of the business, and not by the name of the officers or any other search criteria.
W. J. Gallagher, owner of the Monte Carlo Restaurant Theater, Broadway at Fifty-first street, has been elected president of a new corporation that has been formed to provide a national circuit of restaurant and theater revues as well as entertainers for banquets and other public functions. Papers of incorporation which have just been signed by the Secretary of State show that the other officers are Ted Reily, vice president and general manager; J. M. Anderson, secretary and treasurer; Frank Gillen, director of the music department, and Harry Walker, casting director. The majority of the stock is held by Mr. Gallagher.
The organization is called Stage Craft Restaurant Theatres, Inc., and will be very similar in its operations to circuits like that of B. F. Keith. Restaurateurs, including many of the most important from Boston to Kansas City and from Montreal to New Orleans, were sounded out on the proposition and the response assures a wheel of at least sixteen spokes. Four New York restaurants have already signed up, and there is a possibility of several more being added. The circuit will begin operating the first week in September, rehearsals for several of the shows having already been started. … Frank Bleyler, whose voice has earned for him a place on par with John Steele, has joined the Monte Carlo comedy as juvenile. Mr. Bleyler was with the “Blushing Bride” during its entire run at the Astor Theatre. Several other new faces are being seen nightly at that popular resort, among them being Miss Lillian Randall as hostess. Miss Randall was formerly of Rector’s and the Little Club. Acting with her and in the same capacity is Miss Marian Taylor, late of the Winter Garden show, and others equally important.