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Vitaphone at the Tower

















This July 1928 ad that Ken McIntyre found advertises "The Lion and the Mouse" as the "First Vitaphone Talking Picture" -- presumably "all-talking" as opposed to just a few scenes as in "The Jazz Singer." The feature was based on a New York stage success.  The Tower had earlier had a moveover run of "The Jazz Singer" after its first run engagement at the Criterion.

Click on the ad for a larger view or head to Ken's post on Photos of Los Angeles.  The Tower was wired for sound during construction and had Vitaphone shorts on its opening program in 1927.  See our main Tower Theatre web page for lots more on the building.

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