Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sheepshead Theatre



Now editing for the third edition of the Index:

1722 Sheepshead Bay Road

SHEEPSHEAD THEATRE

July 12,1929-1970

Seating Capacity: 1,888

Architect: R. Thomas Short


Motion Picture News, February 1, 1930:





"A corner of the ladies' room shows consideration taken for the woman patron of the Sheepshead."


"A corner beautiful in the new Sheepshead."



“This undisputed artistic addition to the architectural beauty of Sheepshead Bay’s business district has been modeled after a design that starts and ends with the simplest of decorations.

“There is nothing that can defeat the beauty of simple line and that is just what the architects have attained in designing this temple of beauty to the art of the motion picture.”




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.

He has  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.

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





Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Haunted Hawks' Nite Out

From their press release:

"It’s no secret that Nitehawk loves Halloween. This year, as we inch closer to our winter 2018 opening, we are bringing Halloween to Nitehawk Prospect Park!"






"Start your Halloween evening with Nitehawk Cinema as we transform the entrance of the former Pavilion for one nite only into a haunted house"









Since 1997, “legendary theatre historian”, Cezar Del Valle has been presenting a popular series of theatre talks and walks. 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, October 31, 2017

Halloween at the Prospect

Motion Picture Herald, November 19, 1955:


"Jerome Greenberger, manager of the RKO Prospect theatre, in Brooklyn, had this gala Halloween Kiddies Party, typical of a thousand others, which this picture will represent. Just don't forget to do the same next year."

Prospect Theatre, 327 Ninth Street, Brooklyn


Since 1997, “legendary theatre historian”, Cezar Del Valle has been presenting a popular series of theatre talks and walks. 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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Friday, October 6, 2017

Marquee Wax-Poetic

While the interior transformation of the former Pavilion into the new Nitehawk Prospect Park continues the old marquee has become the setting for haikus.

The work of Saint Flashlight, an art installation duo, the poems draw inspiration from movies set in the borough of Brooklyn.






Saint Flashlight

Above photos: copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved.



Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating twenty years of talks and walks. He is currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

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

He 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.



Friday, September 15, 2017

"Pour One Out for the Pavilion"

On November 1, 2016,from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m, Nitehawk Cinemas, the new owner of Park Slope's Pavilion Theater tossed a goodbye party for the old space before closing it for refurbishment. 


The general public was invited to "explore the space" and "peek behind the curtains."


In this photo of the lobby one can still see a bit of the old ornamentation from the original Sanders Theatre 
(opening in 1928).


The upstairs lounge/game room with traces of the original ornamentation.


Just off the lounge, the largest theatre was showing Speedy with Harold Lloyd.


One last view of the Pavilion.


Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating twenty years of talks and walks. He is currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

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

He 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.





Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Brooklyn Paramount Reborn

Article in Amplify, by Frankie Victoria , May 11, 2017:


As part of a revival of the historic Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, building owner LIU Brooklyn and Paramount Events Center (PEC) have signed a long-term lease agreement for what will be officially known as the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.

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From a DNA Info article by Rachel Holliday Smith , May 24, 2017:



"Construction will begin this fall to restore a historic theater on the Long Island University's Brooklyn campus, developers of the project said this week.
The LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, located at Flatbush and Dekalb avenues, will close for two years while the the renovation takes place, according to Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, the group behind the Barclays Center, which will be overseeing the project."

On Fridays at 11 am, Cezar Del Valle conducts a walking tour of  the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District for Local Expeditions, with 5 % benefiting the Theatre Historical Society.
Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating twenty years of talks and walks. He is currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

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

He 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, March 28, 2017

Slave/Regent Theatre Demolished

Curbed NewYork: "Bed-Stuy's  Slave Theater, a nexus of black culture from 1984 to 1998 and the birthplace of a new wave of political activism in a time of heightened race relations in NYC, is no more."



Brownstoner reports that "the site was almost demolished by mid-December and now all that remains at 1215 Fulton Street is a construction fence, a bit of rubble, an expired stop work order and some construction equipment" 

Before becoming the Slave, it was known as the Regent, one of four Brooklyn theatres listed in the Negro Travelers Greenbook for 1938.

From the New York Age, one of the most influential black newspapers of its time: 

February 19, 1938: 
"Heralded to be one of the best all-Negro pictures, which the screen has ever produced, the million dollar production. 'Life Goes On,' comes to the Regent Theatre, Fulton street and Bedford avenue, Brooklyn, this week. And that is information.

But believe it or not, Louise Beavers, beloved Queen of Actresses of the race, will appear on the stage of the Regent in person for seven whole days. That is sensational news."  


October 7, 1939:
"With flying banners, martial tread and the stirring music of fife and drum five hundred Negro scouts will parade the streets of the Bedford-Stuyvesant area Saturday morning, October 21, when the Brooklyn Office of the New York Age and the management of the Regent Theatre, Fulton street and Bedford avenue, play host to members of Scout troops in the uptown sector. 

"A picture presentation which is sure to delight Brooklyn scouts will be the main feature on the program, it was announced by theatre manager Benjamin F. Resnick. The main flicker will be the refreshingly comical 'Out West with the Hardys' featuring Mickey Rooney and the nationally famed Hardy family."

Life Goes On 


Louise Beavers  

Out West with the Hardys


Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating twenty years of talks and walks. He is currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

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

He 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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