On March 12, 1928, Philadelphia's Lindy Theatre (located at 6902
Elmwood Avenue) opened its doors for the first time with Al Jolson's
"The Jazz Singer". The theatre was named after the iconic American
pilot Charles Lindbergh who a year earlier flew his plane non-stop
across the Atlantic from New York City to Paris. Ticket prices
were ten to fifteen cents in the afternoon and fifteen to twenty-five
cents for evenings. The theatre was designed by architect William
H. Lee and seated 1,430. The Lindy's entrance foyer was in Chinese
green and gold, and had yellow and black tile fountains topped
by Chinese-tile peaked roofs. Mandarin staircases led upstairs
to the mezzanine lounge. Philadelphia's first semi-atmospheric
auditorium was designed along the lines of a family temple in
Kuangtung, China, especially with colors of black, gold and red.
The decoration gave the impression of being outdoors. The walls
were Chinese stone with panels in gold leaf depicting oriental
flowers. Exit doors were replicas of the ancient gateways of Wanheim.
The piers were surmounted by Chinese lanterns of cut stone set
with panels of mica. Chinese lanterns at both ends of the auditorium
had pierced iron and brass frames. Bronze deities lined the walls.
The ceiling had the appearance of the midnight sky and had depictions
of snowflakes, birds and butterflies. Painted ceiling beams were
also of eastern style. Ceiling murals were of fire eating dragons,
in gold and silver leaf.Curtains on the 48 foot wide stage opened
to reveal a proscenium drop painted to represent a wealthy Chinese
home with decorated doors opening and closing before the screen.
Organ chambers resembling Chinese pagoda temples flanked the proscenium
and were in bronze-gold colors. A United States theatre pipe organ
was in the orchestra pit. After opening with "The Jazz Singer"
the Lindy showed subsequent run movies, with films changing twice
weekly. The Lindy Theatre closed in 1955 and was converted into
a supermarket. Today the building is a thrift store.
In 1929, to commemorate the Athletic's dominating ballclub that
was running away with the American League championship, the Lindy
Theatre issued various lobby cards of the Athletic players measuring
approximately 3-1/2" x 5-5/8" which depicted black & white player
portrait photos on the obverse and a listing of the week's shows
and/or films on the reverse. Ultra rare and un-cataloged in SCD,
a number of the handful of issues in circulation are virtually
unique, with only a few copies encapsulated by SGC or PSA.
With that in mind, presented here is one of the prestigious Athletic
subjects, Hall of Fame slugger Jimmy Foxx in an SGC 40/3 holder.
This is the highest graded Lindy Theatre card listed on both SGCs
and PSA's "pop" reports, a true "1 of 1" at it's grade and one
of only three Foxx examples on the planet! Unquestionably, this
is Jimmy Foxx's rarest cardboard relic, and its superb aesthetics
are highlighted by a fine portrait pose depicting exceptional
clarity and contrast. Situated directly below his portrait pose
on the lower right border is his name and left field. The image
is perfectly centered between four white borders, the corners
are moderately round with some diminutive soiling, no major creases
are evident. On the reverse are a list of shows for the week of
September 30, 1929 including "Mother's Boy" (starring Morton Downey),
"Words and Music" and "Honey Tonk" (starring Sophie Tucker), with
a brief summary of each show listed below. The black typography
is bold and completely intact, set against an off-white background
that depicts only mild toning, especially along the top and right
edges. In summary, this offering is an incredible nostalgic cardboard
artifact that could be the main attraction in many serious collections.
Simply stated, who owns another Lindy Theatre card, let alone
one that provides a stoic representation of the hard hitting Hall
of Famer Jimmy Foxx.