Roseland — 1916
by Paula Bosse
by Paula Bosse
Despite its grainy quality, I really like this photo. It shows people walking past the Roseland Theater at 1613 Main Street, a theater I’d never heard of. I couldn’t find out much about it other than that it doesn’t seem to have lasted very long (from at least 1914 until at least 1916). It was owned/managed by P. G. Cameron, who ran several theaters and was in the general “amusements” business around town (he had run the Fair Grounds Skating Rink back in the aughts for a short while, until the place was shut down because of the discovery of a prostitution operation being conducted there … on city-owned property).
Dallas Morning News, May 9, 1914
In 1916, the north side of Main Street contained three theaters: the Nickelodeon, the Roseland, and the Best. This is the much-beleaguered (and now mostly demolished) block of Main, which in 1916 was anchored by the dazzling Praetorian and Wilson buildings. The Roseland occupied part of what we now think of as the Everts Jewelers building. Below, another view of this block in 1916, with the theater(s) on the right, about halfway between the tall white Praetorian Building and the stately rounded Wilson Building.
I like this photo because it’s a candid shot taken by a teenager on the sidewalk of a lively downtown Dallas who had happened upon his teacher away from school. And the sign is cool. Too bad it’s so hard to see.
Photo from the 1916 Terrillian, the Terrill School yearbook. (The caption for the photo of one of the school’s teachers: “Passing by or coming out, Mr. F.?”)
Photo of Main Street, looking west, from the 1916 Rotunda, the yearbook of SMU.
Below, a recent Google street view of the building that housed two theaters in 1916: the Roseland Theater in the left half, and the Best Theater in the right half. This building may already have been razed. What a shame.
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