Stair and Havlin

   According to Robert Grau, the firm of Stair and Havlin, which booked melodramas on its circuit of up to 168 theatres, was "one of the largest and most successful in the world" (1910, 173). John H. Havlin and E. D. Stair formed their association in the 1890s and expanded rapidly by focusing on popular-priced melodramas, which retained their popularity on the road into the early 1900s.

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  • Havlin, John H. — (1847 1924)    Although he was born in Coving ton, Kentucky, Johnny Havlin grew up in Cincinnati, where he would hang around the theatres as a child. He rose through local management and borrowed the capital to build the Havlin Theatre (later… …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

  • Stair, Edward Douglas — (1859 1951)    E. D. Stair began working as a printer in his hometown, Morenci, Michigan. He moved into editing and publishing newspapers and always maintained involvement in journalism including ownership of the Detroit Free Press and the… …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

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