The first four images are of the newest photo to come to our collection of memorabilia. Interestingly it is of the seventh annual Christmas party of the Paramount-Empire-Plaza Theatres. If you will remember back about a month ago I posted photos of the "new-to-us" artwork in the Tavern. Two of the pieces are posters for entertainment events that took place at the Empire Theatre here in Salem (no longer extant.)
|I wonder if the musical entertainment was hired for this event, or came from the Theatre itself?|
Whenever I take people on a tour of the hotel I like to stop in front of this photo and relate a story I find relevant to the food and beverage side of our business. As you can see in the photo, the room was set with long banquet tables, people sitting shoulder to shoulder. This was the style in virtually all banquet settings up until the time that John F. Kennedy became President. Jackie Kennedy did not like that style of table, and when she became the First Lady she basically banned that kind of seating at White House events, deciding that round tables made for more friendly conversations at banquets and other types of meal functions.
So today, in most banquet settings, round tables are now the common set-up choice because of her influence, which extended far beyond pillbox hats and Chanel suits, and as it turned out, was much more long-lasting.