SMU Puts Some "Theatrical Treasures" Online
|Southern Methodist University|
|The Capitol opened in 1922 at 1521 Elm Street; the Rialto, in '35 after having been known as the Old Mill Theatre since its 1913 debut.|
Mary McCord, incidentally, was the university's first speech professor -- also, the first to direct student-starring productions on campus, says the university, beginning with As You Like It in 1916, which led to the formation of the theater group known as The Arden Club, run by McCord and then Renshaw. Among its members, over the years, were teevee-show creator Aaron Spelling and John Tower, well before he was a U.S. senator.
Photos of both men as Lil' Mustangs can be seen in a slide show SMU's made available that dates back to that 1916 production and includes shots of the Cycle Park Theatre at Fair Park (home to vaudeville productions) and other theater- and film-related odds and ends.