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Theatre programme for Gatti's Palace of Varieties. Gatti's Palace of Varieties, on Westminster Bridge Road, was opened by Carlo Gatti in 1865. Known as 'Gatti's-in-the-Road' it held 900 people and was the second music hall to be opened by the Swiss-Italian caterer. His other venue in Villiers Street, Charing Cross, was known as 'Gatti's Under-the-Arches'. This programme from the turn of the 20th century lists several acts including clog dancing by Minnie Ray, and Violet Mills - described as a 'serio-comic vocalist and dancer'. Entrance tickets entitled guests to a seat and a mug of beer. Animated films shown on the Edisonograph were also on the bill: an indication as to the future use of the theatre as a cinema. In variety shows like Gatti's, artists often performed at one venue, then at one or two others in the same evening before returning to take part in the finale at the original theatre.
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