|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1857|
|Death: ||Mar. 11, 1930|
Palm Beach County
He toured with P. T. Barnum as a ticket collector, then in 1885 he partnered with Benjamin Franklin Keith in operating the Bijou Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts. With the success of their business, it grew into the Keith-Albee theatre circuit of vaudeville theatres. Albee gradually took managerial control of Keith's theatrical circuit. They were the first to introduce moving pictures in the United States.
Albee was president of the United Bookings Office from its formation in 1900 or 1906. Albee had most of the major vaudeville circuits give him control of their theatrical bookings where he charged acts a 5% commission.
When performers tried to form a union, he set up National Vaudeville Artists and made membership in it a requirement for booking through his company. His partner Keith died in Palm Beach, Florida in 1914.
He formed the Keith-Albee-Orpheum on January 28, 1928 with Joseph P. Kennedy. Radio Corporation of America bought his company and formed RKO Pictures and turned the Orpheum vaudeville circuit into a chain of movie theaters.
Adoptive grandfather of playwright Edward F. Albee II.
Ethel A. Vigouroux (1890 - 1976)*
New York, USA
Maintained by: Keith E Albee
Originally Created by: Garver Graver
Record added: May 27, 2010
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