The Tragic Knickerbocker Storm of 1922
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The Knickerbocker Theater
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was an old-fashioned movie palace in Washington, DC designed by Reginald W. Geare
for local theatre mogul, Harry Crandall
. On January 28, 1922, while patrons were watching Jimmy Durante's film debut
in the comedy Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford
, 28 inches of snow caused the Knickerboof's roof to collapse, killing 98 people
, in an event still known as the Knickerbocker snowstorm of 1922
For more information, see a letter from a survivor
, some silent newsreel footage
, and the Washington Post's front-page coverage
of the disaster.
Over the years, the theater disaster would claim two more lives. Having both of their careers ruined by the disaster, the architect Reginald Geare would commit suicide in 1927, while the theater owner Harry Crandall would commit suicide in 1937.