Thursday, November 8, 2018

A Yankee Circus on Mars Opens the Hippodrome


Hippodrome Theatre

1120 6th Avenue,
 New York, NY


Built and operated by Fred Thompson & Skip Dundy, the Hippodrome opened on April 12, 1905 with “A Yankee Circus on Mars”.

Theatre Magazine, June 1905:




"The Hippodrome stage is the largest in the world, and only a faint idea of its real size is conveyed by these pictures. It is 110 feet deep and 200 feet wide, and 500 actors can appear on it with ease. The massive scenery, some of which weighs as much as 10 tons, is picked up bodily by a system of electric cranes which convey the pieces to and fro with no apparent effort."

"After the spectacular piece 'A Yankee Circus on Mars' comes an aquatic performance. The platform sinks in and the stage is transformed into a vast tank filled with water through which 'The Raiders' make their sensational plunge. The reservoir is 12 feet deep, and presents a realistic picture of a mountain torrent."

Hippodrome Theatre

The Lost 1905 New York Hippodrome



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.
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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Funding Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume I

Staff at the Theatre Historical Society of America enjoying some light reading (2014)

Currently seeking funding for the editing and formatting of the

Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I, Third Edition

Adams Street to Flatbush Avenue Extension


For additional information or to make a contribution:

theatretalks at gmail.com



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.
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.





Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Ask the Experts, August 25

Coney Island USA Events

Saturday, August 25, 2018- 5:00 pm

Ask The Experts: Cezar Del Valle

 Coney Island Goes to the Movies






Included with Museum Admission. $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors, Kids (under 12)
 and residents of  Zip Code 11224, at the door.

Free for Members of Coney Island USA!

As the interior of the Shore Theatre faces demolition,
 Cezar Del Valle returns to Coney Island USA.

 With the emphasis on the Shore, he will explore the history of movie going and film making at Coney Island. 

Naturally vaudeville and freak shows will not be totally ignored.



Cezar Del Valle is available for theatre walks and talks 2018-2019





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.
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, July 10, 2018

The Empress of 9th Street


Moving Picture News, May 20th, 1911:


"The Empress, Marcus Nates, manager, using most expensive independent service in national capital and vicinity. 

Three reels on day of release. Had extraordinary run of 'Fall of Troy'"






"Theatre on 9th Street, Washington D.C."

Photographer: David Myers, July  1939 

United States Farm Security Administration






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.
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.





Monday, June 4, 2018

Vesuvius Erupts Over Flatbush

Motion Picture News, April 15, 1922:


"Miniature volcano used in the lobby of the Albemarle theatre, Brooklyn"

"The Albemarle theatre, Brooklyn, exploited 'Vesuvius Conquered,' a feature of a recent issue of Fox News, in the most interesting manner."

"In the lobby a miniature volcano belched smoke, and in the cloud above a tiny model of an airplane whirled. Beside it stood a large specially printed poster featuring the short subject. The volcano was about six feet in height and made of paper mache, The smoke was effected by the buring of punk within the 'crater.'"

Vesuvius Conquered




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, 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.