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Pages of History: First talking movie draws big audience

From the pages of the Crescent City American, April 1930.

What was probably the largest crowd ever to assemble here for one evening was accorded the Endert Theatre Wednesday when the theatre opened for the first time with talking pictures.

For the first show, the house was completely filled and probably 300 more persons were standing in line outside awaiting their turn at the seats.

The show itself, “Honey,” starring Nancy Carrol, was a good one and Western Electric talking equipment is not to be excelled. The rich, clear tone of the voices, the volume of the speaker and even a whisper could be heard to the farthest corner of the spacious theatre.

The audience was held spellbound throughout the entire performance and all who attended were high in their praise for the talking picture equipment as well as the picture.

Lt. Finch visiting here

Lt. Volney Finch, U.S.N. ret. and accompanied by Mrs. Finch, is here for a month’s visit at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Finch of this city. Finch is finishing a manuscript of a book he is writing on aviation.

As a boy, Lt. Finch lived here with his parents and was educated in the local schools. The day after America’s entry into the World War, Finch enlisted in the Aviation Corp and was put to work teaching at a camp in Florida. He later served in the A.E.F. and was detailed to a bombing place over Germany. Upon his return after the war was over, he had 2,200 hours in the air. 

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