On Wednesday, June 25th, Houdini made a personal appearance at Clune's during the 9:30 show, as reported in the Los Angeles Evening Herald.
Houdini, the famous “Handcuff King” whose thrilling serial of romance, mystery and intrigue, "The Master Mystery,” is at Clune's Broadway, will make a personal appearance at the theater Wednesday evening at the 9:30 show, following immediately at the conclusion of the first thrilling episode in which he makes his screen debut. The Houdini feature augments the regular film attraction at Clune’s Broadway which this week will be Wallace Reid in “You’re Fired.”
Clune's was located at 528 S. Broadway, just down the street from the Los Angeles Orpheum Theater where Houdini headlined in 1915 and 1923. Clune's opened in 1910 and was state of the art. It became famous for the large electric sign that stood on its roof. It was renamed the Cameo Theatre in 1924. Later operators included Fox West Coast, Pacific, and Metropolitan. It closed as a theater in 1991.
Today the building still stands and is still recognizable. It's now occupied by retailers. But according to the excellent Los Angeles Theaters blog, the auditorium and screen still survive in the back. Here's hoping one day it might be restored and reopen as a theater.
Below are all the features that Clune's paired with The Master Mystery during its 1919 run:
June 22: You're Fired starring Wallace Reid / with Episode 1.
June 29: True-Heart Susie starring Lillian Gish / with Episode 2.
July 6: True-Heart Susie starring Lillian Gish / with Episode 3.
July 13: The Spoilers (extended version) starring Rex Beach / No Houdini serial.
July 20: The Love Burglar starring Wallace Reid / with Episode 4.
July 27: Nugget Nell starring Dorothy Gish / with Episode 5.
Aug. 3: The Peace of Roaring River starring Pauline Frederick / with Episode 6.
Aug. 10: The Man Who Stayed at Home starring King Baggot / with Episode 7.
Aug. 17: A Sporting Chance starring Ethel Clayton / with Episode 8.
Aug. 24: The Gray Horizon starring Sessue Hayakawa / with Episode 9.
Aug. 31: The Valley of the Giants starring Wallace Reid / with Episode 10.
Sept. 7: Nobody Home starring Dorothy Gish / with Episode 11.
Sept 14: Stepping Out starring Enid Bennett / with Episode 12.
Sept. 21: The Market of Souls starring Dorothy Dalton / with Episode 13
Sept. 28: The Dragon Painter starring Sessue Hayakawa / with Episode 14.