This is the Dream Theater from 1912 in Kent, WA.
Silent movies were a great source of entertainment for the community. Before this, The Magic Lantern was a light source device that would project images on the wall. Many were hand painted and photographs. With the use of live music, and constantly moving pictures, theaters became very popular. The Dream Theater used a pianola to add music to the movie. Also called a piano player, it had pre-programmed music recorded on metallic rolls. But, the trick is that there has to be a pianola player to push the pedals of the instrument. That became the main source of employment for musicians back in this time. But, the pianola player had to be careful. On the opening night of a thriller show, the scenes would be so terrifying that the pianola player would stop playing out of shock! Therefore, you would never want to go to the opening night of a thriller, because you knew the music would be unpredictable.
What a house! Mr. Alvord is here with his spouse! What a picture perfect family.
The house was built in the early 1880’s. It was located on 78th Ave South. One of the family members name may be Inez Shaffer.
Can you guess the price of this house in the 1880’s?
I’ll give you a hint the Bereighter home at The Greater Kent Historical Society cost $25,000 in the 1800s.