Thursday, September 6, 2018

Parthenon Theatre, 329 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood

Received an email from local historian John Dereszewski suggesting that the Parthenon Theatre be added to the third edition of the Index.

Today the address would place it in Queens, but the theatre only "migrated" to that borough in 1925 when the county line was re-drawn.

Mr. Dereszewski believes that the Parthenon "was the most significant building to change boroughs  as a result of this action."

The Moving Picture Weekly, April 16, 1921:


“For the initial showing at the new $300,000 Parthenon Theatre in the Ridgewood section of Brooklyn, N. Y., the Universal-Jewel, ‘Outside the Law,’ starring Priscilla Dean, was selected as the feature photoplay. The theatre is owned by Herman Weingarten and is one of the newer playhouses in Brooklyn.
“The theatre, which is located on the corner of Myrtle and Wyckoff avenues, has a seating capacity of 1600 people, and was opened for the first time to the public on February 26th.
“The general decoration scheme of the new playhouse is gold and old rose. There are large rest rooms for the women patrons, writing rooms and smoking rooms for the men, telephone booths and a promenade. A perfect view of the screen may be obtained from any seat in the house.”

The Parthenon building in 2013 (photo: Ken Roe)

The Parthenon will be added to the third volume third edition of the index. Thanks Mr. Dereszewski for the suggestion.

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 3, 2018

Latest from Nitehawk

Posted by Nitehawk Cinema, Twitter, July 3, 2018:




"New seat feature: it's kinda like the plastic your grandma used to keep on the couch. Keeps stains off the seats!"

"But seriously, we're removing the plastic. And we're also getting very close to Nitehawk Prospect Park!"





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.
Medotcom  


Monday, June 11, 2018

Albemarle Theatre, 973 Flatbush Avenue

Exhibitors Herald, May 1, 1920:



"More than two months ago Mr. [William] Fox completed plans for building a large theatre on Flatbush avenue, between Tilden avenue and Beverly road. Representatives of the Albemarle theatre at the same time were planning their Playhouse.

In view of the fact that two large theatres were contemplated within such a short distance of each other, conferences were held between representatives of Mr. Fox and the Albemarle interests.

After several meeting, a lease was signed, under which Fox Theatrical Enterprises gets control of the new Albemarle. Mr. Fox will finish the construction of the new building.

The structure will be in the colonial style of architecture, and the interior will be in the Empire style. It will have a seating capacity of 3,500. The property has a frontage of 104 feet and a depth of 268 feet." 

On September 7, 1929, the Loew's Kings opened at 1027 Flatbush Avenue, between Tilden Avenue and Beverly Road. Seating capacity 3,676.



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.
Medotcom  

Monday, May 21, 2018

Parkside


Parkside Theatre
726-728 Flatbush Avenue


Real Estate Record and Builders’ Guide, February 20, 1915:

“The structure will be erected for the G. K. & Z. Amusement Company and Max Hirsch of 391 Fulton st, Brooklyn, is the architect. The façade will be Moorish in design, the façade being of tapestry brick and terra cotta. Italian marble will be used in the lobby and the auditorium will be of decorative plastering. All improvements, for the safety and convenience of the patrons, will be installed.”  

Exhibitor’s Trade Review, September 15, 1923

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.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Felix visits Bushwick

Motion Picture News, December 18, 1926:


"Exploitation for Educational's 'Felix the Cat' cartoons at the Wilson Theatre, Brooklyn N. Y."



"A display of Felix dolls in the window flanking the entrance to the theatre."




"Felix 'in person' with a group of admirers in front of the Wilson."


Wilson Theatre
474 Wilson Avenue 
Brooklyn, NY

Currently editing Wilson Avenue for the third edition of the Index.




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

Bedford Theatre, 1372 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn

Text from the soon to be published Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume 1, Third Edition 

Loew's Bedford Theatre, New York City Tax Photo, 1940

The New York Age, February 2, 1918:
“…there has been a growing tendency to be less liberal in the treatment of colored patrons in some theatres and public places since the court declared that a colored man has no right of recovery against a saloon-keeper who refuses to serve him.
“Two days after word came from Albany relative to the Court of Appeals opinion the management of the Bedford Theatre, Brooklyn, adopted the policy of excluding colored people from the first floor, although prior to the court’s decision colored patrons were permitted to sit in any part of the house.”


The Brooklyn Eagle, “Help Wanted—Female,” January 10, 1924:
“Ushers wanted, light colored girls, Fox Bedford Theater, Bedford av. and Bergen street.” 


African-American Holiness Pentecostal Movement: An Annotated Bibliography by Sherry S. DuPree, Routledge, 1995:
“On Sunday, May 4, 1952, they [Washington Temple Church of God] moved into their present church home, the old Bedford Theater on Bedford Ave.”


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 13, 2018

Shazam on Livingston

Motion Picture Herald, July 12, 1941:



"To attract youngsters in the vicinity of Loew's Melba Theatre, in Brooklyn, Manager Ed Burke constructed out-front display to sell Republic's serial 'Captain Marvel.' In addition to scene stills, Burke plugged distribution of the Whiz comic books."



Loew's Melba, 300 Livingston Street, Brooklyn



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.