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Palais Royal Cabaret menu
Ca. 1922

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Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958)
Geddes’s design of a dancing couple for the Palais Royale Cabaret Theatre
Ca. 1922
Watercolor on paper

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Interior of Palais Royal Cabaret Theatre, showing distant view of bandstand
1922
Gelatin silver print

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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Job 78, Palais Royal Cabaret Theatre, 1922

Summary: Bel Geddes designed the interior and performance space for Sam Salvin’s Palais Royal Cabaret, which opened in New York City on 20 December 1922, and featured the Paul Whiteman band and Wanda Hoff’s Isadora Duncan-style dancers.

George S. Kaufman dubbed the Cabaret “the Geddes triumph,” asserting that it “proved ... that art and the night places can go hand in hand.”

Hunter Code: TH 25
Hunter Guide: page 183

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Box/Location Folder Description
flat file b 1-10 Renderings --- 10 Figure groups for decoration.
theater box 159 c 1 Costume Sketches --- 6 Designs for performance.
flat file d 1-14 Drawings --- 35 Figure groups and details.
theater box 159 d 15 Drawings --- Stage setting.
theater box 159 e 1 Preliminary Sketches --- 10 Stage and floor plans.
theater box 159 e 2 Preliminary Sketches --- Pencil drawings (4) of frieze figures; list of drawings.
flat file f 1-7 Drawings --- 7 Plans and elevations.
negative box 39 h 1 Photographs --- Negatives of four different views of interiors.
negative box 39 h 2 Photographs --- Negatives of four more views of interiors.
theater box 159 h 3 Photographs --- 2 Prints, one of figure group 10, one of distant view of bandstand.
negative box 39 h 4 Photographs --- 1 Negative of figure group 10.
flat file h 5-6 Photographs --- 2 Prints.
flat file h 7-8 Photographs --- 3 Prints by Bruguière.
theater box 159 h 9 Photographs --- Photostat of clipping.
flat file h 10-11 Photographs --- 2 Prints (h 11 by Bruguière).
flat file h 12-13 Photographs --- 2 Prints.
flat file h 14 Photographs --- Print of dance floor [HRC copy print?].
theater box 159 i 1, 3 Publicity --- Clippings, menu.
flat file i 2 Publicity --- Clipping.
theater box 159 j 1 Correspondence 1922-1923.
theater box 159 q 1 Source material --- Sketch ideas for figures.
flat file u 1 Drawing --- Lighting plot.
theater box 159 x 1 Exhibit labels for renderings.

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