The Theater: Two Down

Two eager aspirants to the gaudy crown of U.S. showmanship that perches on the head of dwarfish Billy Rose are no longer as eager as they once were:

¶ In Chicago, shortly after Showman Mike (Streets of Paris') Todd quit the world's biggest theater-restaurant, seating 3,700 (TIME, Jan. 6), it was closed by the Chicago police. Reported reason: it had fallen into the hands of Chicago's Nitti gang, who were converting it from a family-style resort into a vast honkytonk.

¶ In Manhattan last week, Showman Monte ("Only Two Zombies to a Customer") Proser's...

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