“Musicians to Join Theater Strikers”

Artifact Type Mainstream Media, Sources
Publication St. Paul Pioneer Press
Page Number 20
Place Saint Paul
Publication Date September 23, 1927
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Headline: “Musicians to Join Theater Strikers”

Subhead: Twin Cities Players Ordered Out After Saturday Night Performance.

Union musicians in St. Paul and Minneapolis will join the striking stage hands and motion picture operators Saturday at midnight, according to orders received late Thursday by E. P. Ringius, secretary of the St. Paul Musicians’ association, which is local No. 30 of the American Federation of Musicians.

This order from the national president rescinds the two weeks’ notice clause in the musicians’ contract which was signed a short time ago for the coming year.

All Musicians Included.

All musicians including organists, pianists and members of orchestras will leave the theaters of the Twin Cities Saturday night after the final performance under the terms of the union order, unless an adjustment is made.

Spokesman for the theater managers of both cities assert that they will continue their shows without interrupts.

The reason given by the musicians for the failure to observe the two week’s clause in their contract is that in a few houses in Minneapolis motion picture operators who had not gone on strike were locked out.

Seven St. Paul Theaters Affected.

The houses that will be affected in St. Paul by the withdrawal of the orchestras are Palace–Orpheum, Capitol, President, Tower, Lyceum, Park and Metropolitan.

A nominal picketing of St. Paul theaters involved in the strike was started Thursday with a truck decorated with signs explaining the strikers’ side of the trouble.

The truck carried a band which played “The Gang’s All Here” as it drove past the theaters.

Archive Minnesota Historical Society
Citation “Musicians to Join Theater Strikers,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, September 23, 1927.
Location MinneapolisMinnesotaSaint Paul
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