1929: Dracula West Coast Tour

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Dracula

May 19 – June 9, 1929

Music Box Theatre, Los Angeles, California

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June 13 – 15, 1929

Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara, California

Lobero Ad 1929

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June 17, 1929

Nile Theatre, Bakersfield, California

The Bakersfield Californian, June 15, 1929

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July 22 – August 10, 1929

The Columbia Theatre, San Francisco, California

San Francisco Newspaper, July 21, 1929

San Francisco Newspaper, July 21, 1929 (1)

San Francisco Newspaper, July 21, 1929 (2)

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San Francisco Examiner, July 22, 1929

‘DRACULA’  AT THE COLUMBIA

Another Victim!

Hazel Whitmore 

Vampire Play To Provide Thrills, Gasps

Return Engagement Brings Popular Stars Back For S.F. Engagement

Thrills, shudders and gasps of surprise will be in order beginning this evening when “Dracula” opens at the Columbia on a return engagement.

Virtually the same company is seen in the production as was here last year, with Bela Lugosi, the Hungarian actor, and Hazel Whitmore again in the leading roles.

“Dracula” is taken from the world-famous novel by Bram Stoker and it has made a tremendous success as a play and as contribution to contemporary literature. It is being produced on the Pacific Coast by O.D. Woodward.

The story revives the vampire legend. The superstition that certain people who have lived evil lives become earthbound at death and have power to roam the earth at night preying upon humans from whom they suck their lifeblood, has become the theme of several of the latest tales of fiction.

Lugosi plays the part of the Count Dracula, dead five hundred years, who comes to England to victimize an aristocratic British family. Miss Whitmore is cast in the role of the pretty young daughter in the family who is selected by the villainous count for his evil practices. 

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The San Francisco Call And Post, July 22, 1929

The San Francisco Call And Post, July 22, 1929 (1)

From the collection of Tracey Allan.

Look Out!

‘Ware the vampire, Bela Lugosi, fearsome figure in “Dracula,” which opens at the Columbia tonight.

‘Don’ts’ for ‘Dracula’; It Opens Tonight

O.D. Woodward, producer of “Dracula,” the shudder play, which opens a return engagement tonight at the Columbia, is considering putting the following list of “don’ts” in the theatre for the more timid ones:

Don’t nudge your neighbour when anything unusual happens.

Don’t get panicky if a patron faints – it happens nightly.

Don’t move in the dark.

Don’t guess out loud.

Don’t call for the nurse until you actually swoon.

Don’t go home alone.

The San Francisco Call And Post, July 22, 1929

From the collection of Tracey Allan.

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August 11 – 24, 1929

Fulton Theatre, Oakland, California

Oakland Tribune, August 11, 1929