The American Roof is an institution in its way much like Tony Pastor’s was a generation ago. There’s a certain individuality and character about the Roof just as there was about Pastor’s famous old variety house that many a far more modern and pretentious vaudeville theatre might well envy. Like Pastor’s, too, the Roof has a clientele all its own, discriminating, quick to recognize and appreciate talent and charitably disposed towards mediocrity. And to further carry out the parallel the Roof, like Pastor’s has its own way of arranging the sequences of its bills.
Variety Magazine, LVIII: 15 October 1920