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.






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.