Scandal at The Chicago Theatre!
In 1923 The Chicago Theatre’s organist, Jesse Crawford (also known as the ‘Poet of the Organ’), married Roosevelt Theatre’s organist, Helen Anderson. The scandal? Mr. Crawford was already married & had left his wife for Miss Anderson!
As a public relations ploy, B&K responded to this in 1924 and installed a second console so the husband and wife team could play together simultaneously. The idea of witnessing a couple involved in public scandal became a sensation among Chicagoans!
See where they played and find out more behind the scenes history by taking our Marquee tour.