5 WELL-KNOWN MOVING PICTURE MAN WILL VISIT PORTLAND, NOVEMBER 7 S. L. Rothapfel, After Varied Career to Success, Son of Minnesota Shoemaker and Former Copy Boy on News paper Banquet Is Being Planned by Persons in Oregon Interested in Film. Tlie Peoples Tlieater Announces the First Screen Appearance of era. aFrair The Renowned Dramatic Grand Opera Star, in a Magnificent and Gripping Paramount ' Presentation of THE SUNDAY OREGOXIAN, PORTLAND, OCTOBER 31, 1915. - v. , '-T- Tim i.l If I G dime r'2y f--' - 2- - :? it- -.rbStfiss i-KnJ tSv - - - il l I; St WH- w&ffi I ,t il r ...--' IHMIII HI fc?AMMMMMMMMMBMlM llT 3S VSl S i-LAr. UY PEGC'Y CtRTIS. JUST now local motion-picture peo ple, as well as those all over the country, are intensely Interested in the tour of S. L. Rothapfel. of New York City, one of the big exhibitors of the East, who will arrive in Port land November 7. He will be enter tained at a dinner Sunday night to which 200 persons actively interested Jn motion pictures in Oregon have been Invited. This announcement comes from the office of John R. Freuler, president of the Mutual Film Corporation, who is conducting the tour. The itinerary covers 27 of the biggest centers in the country. He conies with knowledge gleaned from long experience in the foremost motion picture houses of New York and other Eastern cities, and will deliver to the motion-picture exhibitors the lirst-hand knowledge arrived at through his many successes. To few exhibitors of the world was the road to success longer or was bet ter traveled. He was the son of a shoemaker in Stillwater, Minn., became a copy boy on a Brooklyn newspaper, married a tavernkeeper's daughter and tended bar for a living. Later he Joined the United States Marine Corps and made a trip around the world. He became a Second Lieutenant and saw service during the Boxer rebellion in China. The details of his first motion picture exhibition are decidedly humorous, apart from the fact that he had 200 "under taker's" chairs. He painted his own cards, booked his Alms, hired a dance hall a.t Forest City, hung up a sheet for a screen, sold the tickets and ran off his pictures. In Forest City he made as big a success as the field would permit and his successes did not escape the attention of others. Soon he was summoned to New York. His work for the Regent House in New York stands out as an achievement in motion-picture exhibition. Since then his conquests number the Lyric Thea ter in Minneapolis, the organization and projection for the Keith circuit, the famous Strand Theater and the new Kialto, now building at Forty-second and Broadway. The backers of the Itialto project value Mr. Rothapfel so highly that they have insured his life for $250,000. Mr. Rothapfel will speak as guest of honor at the banquet in the Multnomah Hotel. A singular tale of achievement and the inner story of how it was ac complished will be detailed to the film people at that gathering. Another visitor who will be present is Silas Bent, special representative of the publicity department of the Mutual Film Corporation. "CARMKX" AT PEOPLES TODAY Geraldine Farrar Is Starring tn VI Im Version of Opera. A great photo-dramatic production will be the attraction at the Peoples starting today, when Geraldine Farrar. the celebrated prima donna, will ap pear in a film version of her famous opera. "Carmen." by "William C. De Miile. founded on the story by Prosper Merlmee and produced by the Jesse I. I-asky Company, a Paramount pic ture. Carmen. a half-wild. fascinating gypsy, lives with a band of smugglers in the mountains near the coast of ;jain. The smugglers. headed by 1'astia. the town tavernkeeper. are blocked In their plans to get their Il legal goods Into the city by a younaf officer, Don Jose, who will not be bribed. Carmen Is finally sent by the smugglers to lascinate Don Jose and make him forget his duties. Pastia escorts Carmen to the city and obtains for her a position in a cigarette factory and announces that she will dance at the tavern in the evening. That night in the tavern Car men Is the center of attraction. She is 'wooed, unsuccessfully, by Morales, a brother officer of Don Jose, and by Escamlllo. a young Toreador, on his way to Seville to enter the bull ring there. Carmen fascinates Don Jose, and he loses his heart to her. On the day of the great bull fight Carmen is seated by the eide of Kscamillo. the center of all eyes Kscamillo is wildly cheered as he en ters the ring. Don Jose is recognized by one of the smugglers as he waits by the entrance to the arena, and Car men is warned. Carmen, tearless as i -Ui- ill tour -v . II - i in ever, goes to confront Jose and tell him that she is through with him and that she has cast her lot with Esca mlllo. Maddened by the rejection of his love, after she has led him to do so much for her and overcome with jealousy. Don Jose stabs and kills Car men as the crowds acclaim Escamlllo s victory. In the cast, beside Geraldine Farrar, as Carmen, are Wallace Reid, as Don Jose; Horace B. Carpenter. Pastia; Pedro De Cordoba, Escamlllo, and Will- lam Elmer, Morales. "TRILBY" OPENS AT PICKKOKD Theater, Formerly Star, Starts Run With Equitable Feature. A rousing opening of the new Pick ford Theater, which was created out of the old Star, took place last night with the showing of "Trilby." a screen adap tation of the famous dramatic classic by Du Maurier. Clara Kimball Young and Wilton Lackaye make their Ini tial appearance with the Equitable Mo tion Picture Players, for "Trilby" is the first production of the newly formed Equitable Corporation, and was highly praised when it had its premier run at the Forty-fourth-street Theater in New York. Paul McAllister and Chester Barrett are seen in important roles, and the rest of the cast of principals numbers more than 50. It is said that more musical and artistic talent was lavished on the production of "Trilby" than any other recent photoplay. Sustained interest abundant romance and adventure are mingled In "Trilby" to form a lasting and tense drama. The mass of great personalities of the screen that are seen in the roles of the many varied characters are those who have been known for scores of suc cesses both in motion pictures and legitimate plays. "Trilby," it is pre dicted, will be one of the few motion pictures that will bear showing and reviving for many future showings. The realism of the original play Is well preserved and the photography re markable. "Trilby" along with travelgrams and comedy will be seen at the Pickford all week. 'CARMEN DEPICTED IN MOVIES Majestic to Reg in Today in Produc tion of Epochal Film. In every conceivable way the Wll lam Fox production of "Carmen," which will be shown all week at the Majestic Theater, marks an era and chronicles an epoch in motion pictures. The play has taken almost a year in its production and with the well-known Theda Bara as Carmen. Raoul Walsh has contrived a photoplay without a flaw. The true spirit of old Spain in the days of the guitar's regime per meates throughout "Carmen." A band of real gypsies were lured from their mountain retreats to lend verity. Ed ward Velasquez, the noted Spanish ar tist and architect, was brought from Seville to supervise the technical and architectural details of the Spanish cities created at the .Fox studios. Colonel Antino Bravo, of the Spanish army, drilled the dragoons and an An dalusian bull was brought from Madrid. The romantic plot is well set amid the pretty grisettes. the proud gran dees and the dark-eyed beauties of the tambourines. The first meeting and flirtation of Don Jose (Elmer Linden) with Carmen is well-pictured, as is the great cigarette factory where Carmen wreaks vengeance on a taunting co worker. James Marcus, famous on the stage and screen, wins honors as the gypsy chief. Elsie McCloud's youth and talents charm as the first and dis carded sweetheart of Don Jose. Carl Karbausli ideally typifies the wary picador for whom Carmen sacrifices her life. From the time that Don Jose is com pelled to take Carmen to prison after her fight with her tormentor a nemesis pursues him. He permits her to escape and then his next error Is the murder of a superior officer, and so to his final role in the death of Carmen he is the victim of a woman's wiles. The sadness and pathos of the great Span ish "Carmen" has caused it to become rooted In the heaits of all and become highly anticipated in the form of a wonderful photodrama. Wallingford will also be shown Miss Farrar has made the role of "Carmen" famous in Grand Opera her screen debut as "Carmen" stamps her as America's foremost woman artist. A bullfight that actually took place. A fight in the tobacco factory. Every foot of f ilmcarries a thrill. Appropriate musical- selections from the Opera "Carmen" intensify the picture's action. -V. J? t v . Ji ' , , , ,-. ----i Pathe News Paramount Travelogue Carmen's KiattB Art 'Not So Easily Won Commencing Today Continuous From 11 to 11 The Peoples Shows Paramount Pictures FIRST Pe opll West Park at Alder after mm. Philip, his half-brother, becoming jeal ous of the people's love for Don John, plots his downfall. Plot and counter plot follow. The famous duel scene will be remembered as spectacular ana exciting-, while throughout the whole tne spirit 01 ramautuiu . - is uepicieu. Among me huicu cuiit " " ' pearing in the cast are: E. J. Radcliff. . i ml I Vrnout Ariine nacnem ' " 11 ' ' Maupain, Richard Travers. Lewis Ld- gard, well craig ana x nuu'as T . . J . A r ) a a lora. 1 ne court . . played in realistic manner by Edgard. unnvaieo. pnoiorupuj. spienuiu lHCBClli.w ' ' trayal, augments the general interest in tne story, unwi mo " sents one of the productions of the day. Under the guidance of the Big Four producers, "In the Palace of the King has been made a feature drama indeed. -he special music jcroniii(" worthy of mention, being of special preparation b ythe film makers' master musicians. Other features on the bill include comedy and scenic films. i . . . k.nUlat whn hftl joe ilODCria, Uto " " " j " --- been engaged by the National, opens this aiternoon. successes, has purchased part of the nue. Bayslde Park, Bayside. Long derful old mansion and beautiful gar famous Teller estate on Bradlsh ave- I Island. The estate includes a won-1 dens. Split Reels NATIONAL OFFERS BIG DRAMA "In the Palace of the King" Is Ac companied by Special Music. "In the Palace of the King." a six act film version of Marion Crawford's famous novel, and the drama in which the late E. H. Sothern -won renown, opens today at the National Theater for a four days' run. The film version closely adheres to the atory, which countless thousands know. Notable in this famous Play Is the Lcare with which the producers have re- proaucea Air. ur&wiorai every tr.eme. No money, time or trouble has been spared to bring out each detail, until the finished product stands as one of the most spectacular productions of the silent drama. Ten stars of well-known fame appear in the leading parts, while more than 5000 people took part in the making. The six acts are divided into more than 1000 scenes, and many thousands of costumes are used. The story is too well known to re peat, a brief synopsis bringing the scenes to mind. Don John returning to Spain, after the conquest of Grena da, is proclaimed a national hero. King BY PEQOT CURTIS ORIGINALLY Sarah Bernhardt's final farewell tour of America was scheduded to begin in New York on September 20, but Madame Sarah's effort to induce the French gov ernment to release several of her most Important actors now at the front failed completely. The trip is now announced to begin on December 9. It is stipulated In the contract that the play Aimed must be one which is to form the basic feature of her forth coming tour in the legitimate theaters. As she could not come to America to act for "Jeanne Dore," the camera had to come to her. There is a course in the extension department of the Columbia University that has just been instituted called "photoplay writing, lectures and con ference." The class meets once a week in the journalism building, and is di rected by Pofessor Victor O. Freedburg, Ph. D. This course alms "to equip the stu dent with the knowledge of the dra matic possibilities as well as the me chanical limitations of the photoplay; the specific demands of the producer; the tastes of the typical audience as conditioned by the" time and place of the presentation, and the technic of the scenario writer.. Each student is required to confer regularly with the Instructor for critclsm of scenarios." Ten questions that D. Freedburg will ask his students when considering films of value are: "Is it novel? Why? If It isn't novel, what does ti remind you of? Why was the scenario bought?" and seven other queries which will cover the general . merits and defects of the average 'motion-picture drama. Now comes Jesse Laskey with a scol arship for the course. . t Any student who has written the best original five-part vscenario, in the Judg ment of William C. DeMille. will re ceive a trip with all expenses from New York to Los Angeles and return. During the stay in Los Angeles the student will be a guest at the studio, and there will have every further -jp-portunity for study. . Otis Harlan says that in all his movie and civil career he has. never had such trials and tribulations as in his recent production in which he -plays opposite Grace Darmond. Little Grace and the lofty Otis had to be photographed In rural settings, and what is more, they had to milk a cow. ' Both are city bred, and Miss Darmond frankly confessed that she- is afraid of cows. It took much time, several re buffs from the cow and the ruination of two perfectly tempered dispositions before the lessons in milking had been sufficiently mastered for the camera. . Frank Powell, director of "A Fool There Was" and noted for other film K 1 1 rr1 . SrizE WM. FOX PHOTOPLAYS DE LUXE II II ! np IT TT TP TFv A !j V ' Beginning Today In Her Wild Free Untrammeled Version of MEN William Fox's Greatest Achievement i WALLINGFORD in "The Master Touch"