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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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Brooklyn Tour for Local Expeditions

The Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District walking tour for Local Expeditions


Cezar Del Valle with tour-goer Robert Cornfield in the lobby of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on January 28 walk.
Photo copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved

Tours taking place Saturdays, February 11 and 18,  at 11am


On February 24, walks move to Fridays at 11am. 



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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Friday, September 9, 2016

TRANS-LUX THEATRE, 561 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

Slowly editing and updating Fulton Street for Volume II of the Index.

One of the lesser known downtown houses was located at 561 Fulton Street, lasting only a few years with three name changes:


Trans-Lux
1934-1935
Newsreel theatre with rear projection


Trans-lux International Theatre 1935
Opening October 11, 1935 with "Moscow Laughs"--"first Soviet jazz musical comedy" 

Fulton Playhouse
1936-1938


Exterior photo from Motion Picture Herald, November 17, 1934:


"Night view of the new Trans-Lux theatre in Brooklyn, N. Y., designed on the same style
 as previous houses of this operator's turnstile type"


Advertisement from Motion Picture Herald, July 27, 1935:




"Women's Lounge", Motion Picture Herald, August 24, 1935:



"Silk covered walls of tan and red"



Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating 20 years of theatre talks and walks, 1996-2016. Currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.  Details of independent walks will be published this fall.
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.

Selling  on Etsy and Amazon




Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Coney Island Theatre

Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 5pm
Cezar Del Valle  guest speaker
Ask the Experts, Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
museum@coneyisland.com 


Cast of "H.M.S. Pinafore"
Inman's Casino, Bowery and Henderson's Walk (circa 1904)



Wilson & Kojan's Music Hall (circa 1904)
Ocean Board Walk and Kensington Walk




The New York Sun October 31, 1931:

“In the old days the music halls of the Bowery ran early and late. The girls on stage at the rear could be seen from the street, but only their legs were visible.

A curtain drop shielded the rest of the body. If you wanted to see more you went inside at the earnest solicitation of a barker who would not permit a crowd to block the entrance.

If you wanted to see more of the Bowery girls and witness their performance you entered and took a seat to be waited on at a table by a waiter who wore an apron and whose arms were bare. He was a busy fellow working on commission, and if you did not buy his beer fast enough to suit him, he did not hesitate to tell you some persons were waiting to take your seat.

“The show in these places would not satisfy today, but it was the real thing then. There were other places of entertainment outside these girl shows. Motion pictures then a little crude were shown, and Stauch’s dance hall had one of the largest floors in the country, where music was supplied by two bands.”




Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating 20 years of theatre talks and walks, 1996-2016. Currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.  Details of independent walks will be published this fall.
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.

Selling  on Etsy and Amazon

Monday, May 23, 2016

Brooklyn--"The Theatre Road"


Variety, December 20, 1918:
"The Broadway line of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company is becoming known as  the 'theatre road' by the army of agents and professionals who use it. The line taps at least 13 houses, not counting picture theatres.


"The stations with their respective adjacent theatres are: Marcy, Amphion; Hewes, Lee Ave.; Lorimer, Gayety; Flushing, Folly and the Gold; Myrtle, Broadway; Kosciusko, Dekalb; Gates, Shubert, Bushwick, Empire; Halsey. By changing at Myrtle avenue, the same line taps  the Myrtle and Ridgewood Theatres. 

"The Broadway line starts as a subway train at Chambers street, connection from Times square being made at Canal street via the Broadway subway. After leaving Manhattan it becomes an 'L' train."



Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating 20 years of theatre talks and walks, 1996-2016. Currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.  Details of independent walks will be published this fall.
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.

Selling  on Etsy and Amazon

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New Marquee for the RKO Republic

Motion Picture Herald, April 2, 1938:


"New corner marquee and sign installation on the RKO Republic theatre in Brooklyn, N.Y. Attraction board letters are 10-inch Adler silhouette. Marquee and sign are by the Continental Sign Company."

Love and Hisses


Dr. Syn the Pirate

The RKO Republic, 426 Keap Street,  Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume II, "Third and Final Edition," to be published in 2017. 


Cezar 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.


Celebrating twenty years of  theatre talks and walks.
Available in 2016 for historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling on Etsy and Amazon

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Every Theatre in Brooklyn

Moving Picture World, December 18, 1920:



Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three volume history of borough theatres. The first two volumes chosen "2010 Outstanding Book of the year' by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently updating the Brooklyn Theatre Index,Third (and final) Edition. 

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015-2016: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling on Etsy and Amazon