A. was born circa 1866 in
Grodek, near Lemberg, Eastern Galicia.
His father was an innkeeper.
He was a waiter in the Hotel Bombach in Lemberg.
Afterwards he maintained a bar in Lemberg "for the shul", and "Broder
singers" used to visit him, because of this A.
developed a great love for the theatre. In 1888 he came
to America, and in 1895 leased the saloon "Faden" on Rivington
and Clinton Streets, New York, and he avekgeshtelt
under the name of "Agid's Restaurant". A year later
when Regina Prager came to America, he opened a saloon
on Eldridge near Rivington Street, and being that the Pragers were "patriots" of the theatre, he began to
introduce these "patriots" of the theatre to the saloon.
The actor Berl Bernstein became a partner, the actors
without money were allowed to eat there for so long, they lost their assets and A. had to withdraw from Rivington and Clinton Streets.
Here, in the former Galician
quarter, A. opened "Agid's Vaudeville House" (82
Clinton Street). He engaged Mr. and Mrs. Appel, Sam
Klinetsky and Samolesko, who put on small scenes,
singing songs and dancing. Later, When Pepi Litmann came
from Europe, he engaged the actors of the
legitimate theatres for the summer for his
vaudeville house. Thus he had acting for him (Max) Gabel, Ida Dworkin, Meyer
Peter Graf, Beila Becker, Mae Simon and Anna Lillian.
A. also attempted to stage for them tall of the plays of Moshe
Richter and Gershom Bader.