On the Old Bowery: Exploding Moving Pictures

Posted on: February 4th, 2010 at 6:11 am by

One hundred three years ago to the day, the New York Times published an article about the explosion of a certain “moving picture apparatus” on the Bowery. During a canvas viewing of the “Dance of the Seven Veils,” a three-alarm fire engulfed the five-story vaudeville house.

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It’s time to return to the old Bowery.

Some passages from the article…

On that New York spirit

Scores of ticket buyers were in line, but despite the arrival of fire engines, they were not inclined to miss the show or give up their places in line.

On the Third Avenue El

The second alarm brought a water tower.  This when brought into play struck with its first gush of water a passing uptown elevated train.  The ensuing crash of breaking glass, mingled with the screams of passengers, could be heard down the street. Nobody was hurt and the train moved on.

On the Burning Building

The building burned was occupied by Benjamin Bloom, who conducts a picture frame establishment on the second and third floors, and by Toni Neri, a clothing manufacture, on the top floor. The stocks these men had in the place were destroyed and the building was wrecked, at a loss for $20,000.

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