June 1915: “Happy Combination of Pictures and Music” in La Scala Photo. Playhouse, Sauchiehall Street

An article on page thirteen of The Glasgow Herald, on Tuesday the 1st of June, 1915, reads:




In La Scala Photo. Playhouse, Sauchiehall Street, fresh evidence is given of the success

attending the happy combination of pictures and music which the management of this

theatre set themselves to provide. The cinematograph side of the entertainment is one

of pleasing variety … The musical part of the programme includes a quartette from

‘The Geisha,’ two solos, and a duet.”


An advertisement for La Scala, on page eight of the Herald, has the times for the Quartette’s

performances at: 2.30, 4.30, 7.15, and 9.15.


The Geisha, a story of a tea house, is an Edwardian musical comedy in two acts. The score was composed by Sidney Jones

to a libretto by Owen Hall, with lyrics by Harry Greenbank. Additional songs were written by Lionel Monckton and James Philp.

It opened in 1896, in Daly’s Theatre, in London. An American short silent film, of the same name, was released in May 1914.



George Fairfull-Smith, July 2022.