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Most vaudeville theatres converted into motion picture houses

Photo caption: The first meeting of Local 31, Kansas City, Missouri, was held in a property room of the Warder Grand Opera House.

The Palace Theatre in New York was the only remaining large vaudeville house in the nation.

In houses where vaudeville was presented with the movies, owners became convinced that the motion pictures drew the crowds, not the live show.  When economic hard times hit and something had to be cut, it was usually the vaudeville troupe that found itself back on the street.  And with them went the stagehands as well as the musicians.