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.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Henderson's, Coney Island

Exhibitors Herald, February 5, 1921:


"Street view of Henderson's Coney Island theatre, Coney Island, New York, showing the lobby frames and electric lights which constitute the regular advertising medium of the house carrying copy of 'Once to Every Woman,' the Universal-Jewel special."






Henderson's: Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III Coney Island Including Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach 




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.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Putting the "Din" in "Dinty" at the Stadium in Brooklyn

Exhibitor's Herald, April 9, 1921:
























"Samuel Lesselbaum, manager of the Stadium theatre, Brooklyn, N. Y., employed Max Ruddick's juvenile jazz band, a popular vaudeville act, for the presentation of 'Dinty,' Marshall Neilan's First National attraction, during a four-day engagement."




"Youths of the neighborhood heard the organization and organized an amateur jazz band in which tin pans and similar makeshifts served as instruments.

"Mr. Lesselbaum distributed candy to the amateur organization and donated a banner which made of it an exploitation unit extraordinary."

Dinty

Stadium Theatre,
102 Chester Street, Brooklyn, NY.
Charles A. Sandblom architect




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.



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.

About Me

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