Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ride 'Em into Greenpoint Brooklyn Cowboy!!

Moving Picture World, July 11, 1925:

"The first hundred children in wild west suits got passes."



"That's one of the stunts Herman Whitman, of Keith's Greenpoint Theatre, Brooklyn,    N. Y., used to launch the first episode of The Fighting Ranger. He was liberal in his count, because so many showed up, and it does not pay to  disappoint the kiddies."

The Fighting Ranger

The Heyday of Theater in Greenpoint


Legendary theatre historian”, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating 20 years of theatre talks and walks, 1996-2016. Currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

He has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Grauman's "High and Dizzy"


Motion Picture News, July 31, 1920:





"Sid Grauman introduced some novel exploitation for 'High and Dizzy' when he played this picture at Grauman's theatre, Los Angeles, recently. A photograph, fifteen feet in height nicely framed, was placed over the lobby entrance, as shown in the above cut, giving Lloyd some personal billing seldom accorded to any star at the 'Million Dollar Cinema Temple.'"

The article still refers to the theatre by its original name Grauman's but by this date it was being advertised as the Million Dollar.

Million Dollar Theatre

High and Dizzy










Legendary theatre historian”, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating 20 years of theatre talks and walks, 1996-2016. Currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

He has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Local Expeditions

Theatre Talks has joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

The Yiddish Rialto,  Sundays, November 27, December 4, and  December 11


On East 4th Street, part of Theatre Talks "Jewish Rialto" tour for the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. January 8, 2012. Photo copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved. 


The Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District, Saturdays December 3, December 10, December 17


The tour begins at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (in the background to the left) and following a circular route ends at the Theatre for a A New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center (right). Photo copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved.



Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating 20 years of theatre talks and walks, 1996-2016. Currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.  Details of independent walks will be published this fall.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.
Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

The Dawn Patrol Nose Dives the Marquee in the "Greatest Air Epic Ever!"

Exhibitor Herald World, November 1, 1930:



"A veritable fountain of fireworks was this shooting illumination for First National's 'Dawn Patrol' at the Palace theatre, Montreal. Note the fighting plane poised for a nose dive above the marquee."

Dawn Patrol

Montreal's Glamorous Theatre Era





Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating 20 years of theatre talks and walks, 1996-2016. Currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.  Details of independent walks will be published this fall.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.
Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.


Selling  on Etsy and Amazon

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ahab Hunting the White Whale in Downtown Los Angeles

Exhibitors Herald--World, October 18, 1930:



"The six large banners shown in the photograph above were used on the Warner Brothers Downtown theatre in Los Angeles with striking box office success. They were visible for several blocks. At the time this picture was taken lines converged from two streets to the ticket office. The film exploited was the Warner production, 'Moby Dick,' with John Barrymore."


Moby Dick

Warner Brothers Theatre





Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating 20 years of theatre talks and walks, 1996-2016. Currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.  Details of independent walks will be published this fall.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.
Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.


Selling  on Etsy and Amazon

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Crazed by Woman's Beauty, Kong Plays Dallas

Motion Picture Herald, April 9, 1938:


"For the reissue of 'King Kong' at the Capitol Theatre, Dallas, Tex., Louie Charninsky came through with one of his usual eye-arresting fronts. Below giant cutouts were scene stills and that is Louie standing at left of display."





Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating 20 years of theatre talks and walks, 1996-2016. Currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.  Details of independent walks will be published this fall.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.
Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

Selling  on Etsy and Amazon

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Devil Plays Brooklyn

The Moving Picture Weekly, November 6, 1920:

From a two-page ad for The Devil's Passkey


"When they played "The Devil's Passkey" out in Brooklyn, New York City, in the theatre on Stone Avenue, they almost had to call out the reserves, so great were the crowds collecting in front of the house eagerly waiting to get in.

"And those crowds were not disappointed in what they witnessed once the performance started, and incidentally the management benefitted considerably from a financial standpoint."  

Marquee of the New Singer Theatre can be seen in the darkness to the left.

The former theatres in 2013 (photo by Ken Roe):



Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating 20 years of theatre talks and walks, 1996-2016. Currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.  Details of independent walks will be published this fall.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.
Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

Selling  on Etsy and Amazon