Saturday, October 24, 2020

It's Alive!--Monster Sales in Brooklyn

 

 The Brooklyn Eagle, Home Talk Section, January 8, 1932 

 

 Excerpts from an article in the Brooklyn Eagle, Home Talk Section, January 8, 1932:

"Dr. Frankenstein, the monster maker, whose creation was more than he could manage, at least can take credit for the monster sales campaign which opens tomorrow in South Brooklyn and Bay Ridge.

"In a tieup with the R.K.O. Dyker and Prospect theaters, local merchants through Home Talk are offering bargains during the week to end next Saturday. The screens of both theaters will tell the story to moviegoers and lobby displays will aid in the merchandising campaign "   

"The inspiration for the sales week resulted from the booking of that spectacular movie 'Frankenstein' by the local R.K.O. theaters. It opens at both the Dyker and the Prospect on Saturday, with a premiere tonight. Thousands stormed the Mayfair on Broadway when it was shown there." 

 

The Brooklyn Eagle, Home Talk Section, January 9, 1932

 

 

 

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. Private walks also available.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.
Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

On the Marquee at the Avalon

 

Avalon Theatre
1720 Kings Highway

Brooklyn

 

Exhibitors Herald World, October 18, 1930: 



 

"The Century Theatre Circuit, operating a group of houses in Brooklyn and Long Island, believes in featuring its short features. The illustration shows a display for the Educational-Ideal comedy, 'Si Si Senor,' which received  prominent space on the marquee of every Century theatre at which it played."

 

Avalon Theatre

Common Clay 

Si Si Senor 

 

 

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. Private walks also available.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.
Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Boro Park Theatre, 5102 New Utrecht Avenue, Brooklyn

"Newly refurbished", the former Loew's Boro Park opened in October 1966 as the Yiddish Boro Park Theatre.
 
Museum of the City of New York
 

The New York Times, October 3, 1966, reported an “almost full house" for a revue produced by Ben Bonus who offered “the same formula that has worked for him on Second Avenue for several seasons: variety plus a movie, usually in Yiddish.”

 “The audience was apparently from the area. Many seemed to come from the neighborhood's Orthodox community; there were somewhat more skullcaps in evidence than one usually sees in Second Avenue houses.”

 

Home Reporter and Sunset News, Oct. 13, 1967
 

In 1967, advertised as the New Boro Park, it offered double features and stage shows. Eventually, like so many other older Brooklyn houses, the Boro Park turned to "Adults Only" before closing in 1971.

The theatre was finally demolished in August 1976 (Michael Miller, other sources list 1975).

 

 


 

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. Private walks also available.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.
Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Pitkin--"Newest of Loew's Neighborhood Houses"

Exhibitors Herald-World, January 18, 1930:

"The Pitkin in Brooklyn, designed by Thomas W. Lamb, is added to the group now growing under a policy of expansion toward outlying communities."




"Rendering of the Exterior: Thomas W. Lamb, architect"




"A corridor of the mezanine floor, is to be noted for the luxuary of its arches and pilasters."



"The men's lounge, appointed in medieval style. The floor is of variegated tile.
          The wall is of rough-finished plaster, and the ceiling bears finely stenciled designs." 



"The women's lounge, lavishly decorated in medieval fashion.
The ceiling border, executed in plaster, is especially noteworthy.
The walls are cloth-covered, while the floor is of tile.
Through the portals may be seen a mural done after the manner
of the Spanish primitives."



"The auditorium, showing the wealth of decorative material executed principally in plaster."



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. Private walks also available.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.
Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Talk for the CTA, London

The Cinema Theatre Association (CTA) have asked me to speak about Brooklyn theatres at their monthly meeting in London. March 28th, 2020. This is my first overseas talk. It will add to my reputation as a theatre historian.

I have started a GoFundMe campaign to extend my stay, conducting research and visiting historic theatres. 

Research will be used for future talks, essays, articles, etc. The theatres visited recorded and shared on social media.

Funds collected will go directly to travel within the UK, accommodations, food and everyday expenses.





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.

Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Brooklyn Theatre Index Third Edition

It has been nine years since the publication of the first edition first volume of the Brooklyn Theatre Index. 



August 29, 2010: The official launch of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, an illustrated talk at the Coney Island Museum.


Since then the amount of resource material available on the internet has increased considerably. This is reflected in the new third edition of the index.

The original three volumes are now four with numerous updates, surprising new additions and numerous rare photos.

Money is needed for the editing and formatting. I have been trying to raise funds for a year without success.

Now working on a crowdfunding proposal and also considering Patreon.


The first two volumes of the Index were chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society.  Third volume published in September 2014.

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. Private walks also available.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.
Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition

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