Theatre Impresario. Called "The Dean of American Vaudeville", F.F. Proctor pioneered the method of continuous vaudeville in 1893. The seemingly endless entertainment he provided inspired a popular saying of the time: "After breakfast go to Proctor's; after Proctor's go to bed". He started with a theater in Albany , N.Y. in 1880, building his business into a circuit of 25 theaters by 1889. He opened Proctor's Park Place in Newark, N.J. in 1902 and the Proctor Theater in Schenectady, N.Y. He also built the Twenty-third Street Theater in Manhattan. In 1929 he sold most of his theater chain to RKO for $16 million.
Bio by: Ginny M