Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The New 14th Street Theatre


Almost lost among a plethora of signs is the marquee of the (New) 14th Street Theatre, New York City. Photo based on the original by P. L. Sperr, May 19, 1934 (New York Public Library)

Classifieds, Motion Picture Herald, September 28, 1940:
"Motion Picture, 600 seats for lease, New 14th Street theatre, 235 East 14th, fully equipped, operating 28 years. Good proposition offered responsible party, phone JErome 7-1250" 

On the marquee:










Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.
Walks also available at Local Expeditions
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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.






Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Cohens & Kellys Visit the New Delancey


New Delancey Theater, 62 Delancey Street


The Moving Picture Weekly, March 4, 1922: 
"Harry Blinderman has opened his New Delancey Theatre, New York City, seating 1,800 persons. Universal extends to Mr. Blinderman and his new project the success they both richly deserve."


The second of seven comedies featuring the business partners Nate Cohen and Patrick Kelly, who are always fighting. 

The Cohens and Kellys in Paris

Directed by William (One-Take) Beaudine


Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.
Walks also available at Local Expeditions
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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Waiting on a Sunday Afternoon in Pharr



Texas Theatre, Pharr, Texas



"Waiting for the movie to open, Sunday afternoon, Pharr, Texas"
Photographer: Russell Lee, February 1939 United States Farm Security Administration

The Citadel




Exhibitors Herald, July 18, 1925:






"The Pharr theatre, owned by George Holdridge which was recently opened at Pharr, Texas.

It has a seating capacity of 500 and cost $30,000."





Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.
Walks also available at Local Expeditions
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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Gem, Waco Texas


Russell Lee, Photographer, November 1939, United States Farm Security Administration


Teri Jo Ryan, Waco Tribune-Herald, June 18, 2011:
"The Gem, an exclusively 'colored theatre' that opened in the 1930s on the south side of the old courthouse square, could seat more than 550 people. It was operated until the late 1950s by Bijou Amusement Co,, a North Carolina company chartered in 1915 that owned a chain of theatres in the South catering to blacks."

"Waco's 25,000 Negros had only one movie house and two balconies in white shows."   


Waco History, "Bridge Street" by Amanda Sawyer:

Image: Texas Collection, Baylor University 


"Bridge Street provided a communal gathering place for Waco's minorities. Businesses such as the Gem Theater, an 'exclusive colored theater,' offered a respite from prejudice and segregation during the mid-twentieth century." 


Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.
Walks also available at Local Expeditions
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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.





Wednesday, February 28, 2018

El Nacional Theatre, San Antonio, Texas



El Nacional Theatre
West Commerce Street and North Santa Rosa Avenue in San Antonio. 

Photographer: Russell Lee, March 1939 United States Farm Security Administration

Boxoffice, March 3, 1945:
"In this progressive southern city, El Nacional Theatre was designed by architect N. Straus Nayfach and erected in 1940 to fit a unique locale and patronage.

"El Nacional is distinctly Latin-American in flavor yet outstandingly modern in conception, a combination of qualities designed to appeal to and win the patronage of San Antonio's large Latin-American population.

"It is a large house, seating approximately 2,000, showing Mexican and other Spanish language pictures as well as American product."

The above photograph, taken in 1939 would dispute Boxoffice's opening date of 1940.



City Streets
Castillos en el aire



Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.
Walks also available at Local Expeditions
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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.




  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Ridgewood, Fourth Anniversary Week

Exhibitors Herald, February 19, 1921:



"Though 'The Mark of Zorro,' Douglas Fairbanks' most recent United Artist production was the attraction, the theatre and the [fourth] anniversary were brought most prominently into the foreground in practically all publicity efforts made."



"Brooklyn exhibitors display sound showmanship in thus focusing attention upon their theatres. Theatre thought of the day evidences a remarkably unified movement toward improvement in that direction.

"The service of the leaders in this movement is a genuine one which should not be permitted to pass unappreciated."




The Mark of Zorro

Ridgewood Theatre, 55-27 Myrtle Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens, NY 






Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.
Walks also available at Local Expeditions
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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.



Thursday, January 25, 2018

Fast Mail at the Minatosa, Nagoya, Japan

Exhibitors Herald, February 2, 1924:




"The Minatosa theatre at Nagoya, which displays an exhaustive broadside on the Fox production, 'The Fast Mail.'"






Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.
Walks also available at Local Expeditions
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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.