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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Friday, September 13, 2019

Loew's Kings, 1027-1031 Flatbush Avenue




LOEW’S KINGS
September 7, 1929-1977
Seating Capacity: 3,692
Architects: Rapp & Rapp


Opening with: Dolores Del Rio “in person at every showing of her screen triumph Evangeline,”



Motion Picture News
, September 7, 1929:




"Marking another significant advance of the major type motion picture playhouse into the neighborhood districts of large cities. This palatial cinema, with a seating capacity of 3, 900, styled in the period of the Italian baroque, is luxuriously equipped with every patron-convenience and apparatus for presentation of elaborate stage spectacles and sound motion pictures.--C. W. & Geo. L. Rapp, Architects"




Snapshot, circa 1939, with what appears to be fingers



The Brooklyn Eagle, December 21, 1940:
“With only two more days to go, more than 4,000 orphans and underprivileged children in various Brooklyn institutions were looking forward to the huge Christmas party to be held for them Monday at Loew’s Kings Theatre.

“The party is sponsored annually by the Brooklyn Eagle in conjunction with Loew’s theaters. This year the children will see a special preview of the technicolor film, ‘The Thief of Bagdad,’ and also monster vaudeville show arranged by Seymour R. Mayer, district manager for Loew’s.”




Kings Theatre
2015-
Architects for restoration: Martinez + Johnson Architecture

Opening February 3, 2015 with Diana Ross


Interior 2019, Copyright Betty Sword. All rights reserved


Daily Mail, February 3, 1915:
“A once gilded Brooklyn movie palace that’s been crumbling for decades, with pigeons infesting its stage, is back-- again a glittering gem from the 1920s. Diana Ross headlines Tuesday’s opening night in the 3,200-seat Kings Theatre in the Flatbush neighborhood where a teenage Barbra Streisand spent afternoons enjoying double features.

“After a two-year, $95 million dollar renovation, every detail from its jazz age 1929 incarnation has come to life amid computerized sound and LED lighting. The theatre that first opened weeks before the Wall Street crash is now the largest in New York’s biggest borough.”


Kings Theatre




Kings Theatre; Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Brooklyn’s Wonder Theatre

by Matt  Lambros










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.
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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