A stark, deco caricature of The Monster captures Karloff gaunt and raccoon-eyed in this newspaper ad from 1931.
Yet again, an artist used the test makeup photo, which seems to have really gotten around, as his source material. This is possibly a one-of job, drawn by a local artist specifically for this ad and never used again.
Notice the "friendly" are-you-chicken warning, “If you have a weak heart… do not see it. If you like a real thrill… SEE IT.”
The Capitol Theater in Grand Island, Nebraska, opened in 1927 under the auspices of local business legend S.N.Wolbach, with the financial participation of Universal boss Carl Laemmle. The house was designed for live vaudeville as well as moving pictures, complete with a mighty Wurlitzer organ, by Chicago’s John Eberson, a theater architect famous for his atmospheric, Moorish Revival designs.
The Capitol stood for sixty years until it was razed for — you guessed it — a parking lot.
Image source: Scenes from the Morgue: Retro-Pulp Movie Ads
Theater information: Cinema Treasures.