Amazing discovery yesterday which connected Onda to the film pioneer Matt Raymond. A document with the Rain family confirmed that Onda was the organiser of a variety show in 1901 that included a cinematograph. When I double checked the listings in the newspapers the cinematograph show was none other than Raymond’s Vivigraph! Onda got 45% of the takings for just 6 days work and paid Raymond and the 8 other acts who also appeared on the bill. Now looking to see how many other shows Raymond did with Onda? They were certainly together again in 1902 but how often? Back to the Stage archive again….
For more information on Raymond see Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema.
To mark this discovery Pete Vickers has also sent me a link to a film by British Pathe of a meeting of cinema owners in Brighton. Raymond is included in the film. Was Onda there too?
The search continues ….