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

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Shore Theatre Finally Sold

Surrounded by controversy, neglected and unused since 1973, the Shore theatre has finally been sold. 

Brooklyn Daily









The Coney Island Blog

More about Michael Quinn and his popular Coney Island Walking Tours.

Originally the Loew's Coney Island, the Shore Theatre is featured in the third volume of the Brooklyn Theatre Index:

Amazon

Coney Island USA Gift Shop

It is also available at City Lore during their current exhibition "Boardwalk Renaissance: How the Arts Saved Coney Island.


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




Sunday, January 17, 2016

New Cinema for Bushwick

40 Bogart Street

Syndicated

Opened January 15, 2016
Seating Capacity: 60
Managing Partner: Tommy Chung 
Opening: “Tribute to Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond with "Close Encounters of the Third Kind”


(Photo via Syndicated)

Bedford+Bowery blog:

“The fun, not-super commercial (anymore, anyway) lineup of films belies the fancy setting—a brand new theater with plush chairs decked out with leather head-rests and placed at ‘a 30-degree pitch for unimpeded sight lines’ and plenty of leg room.”


The Department of Buildings lists this space, November 5, 1965, as a "factory--manufacturing and warehouse of nuts."


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









Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Colonial Theatre 1746 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

While editing and updating Flatbush Avenue for the Index, I came upon this ad for the Colonial Theatre in Bushwick.

Motion Picture News, May 14, 1921:



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