This little item carried in the correspondence section of the Moving Picture World indicates that the Kinetophone was less than successful in its Louisville debut—so much so that it seems that the local
Keith vaudeville house was relinquishing its rights to the device and allowing another theater in town to install it.
"The Edison kinetophone has made its appearance in Louisville, B. F. Keith’s vaudeville house presenting the latest device of the inventor to the public. Largely speaking, it may be said that the Lousiville
patrons of the theater enjoyed the talking pictures, even though some expressions of disappointment were heard. Devotees of the animated pictures, perhaps, had been led to expect too much, and the performance
therefore fell a bit beneath anticipations.
One of Louisville’s amusement companies is now negotiating for the local rights of the kinetophone, and one of its houses will shortly be devoted to the talking pictures."
- Source: G. D. Crain, Jr., “Correspondence: Louisville,” Moving Picture World 12 April 1913, 181.
- 1912 Edison Kinetophone ads -
"Edison Talking Pictures." The New York Clipper, January 11, 1913 --- 1902 "Chronophone," a French rival in the sound cinema business
(*Note: If you are a fan of the film, Singing In The Rain, you will immediately recognize this speech as being the object of the magnificent satirical take-off done by ex-vauvevillian Julius Tannen,
when he announces the death of silent films.)