Monday, March 25, 2019

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Photos: Betty Sword, 2017




In front of BAM, waiting for tourgoers to arrive. Local Expeditions walk, January 2017 





One of the terra-cotta cherubs decorating the exterior of the Brooklyn Academy.






Terra Cotta and cornice 





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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index.
Medotcom   

Monday, February 11, 2019

Funding First Two Volumes




Currently seeking funding for "Editing & Formatting" of the first two volumes, 3rd Edition - Brooklyn Theatre Index:

Volume I : Adams Street to Flatbush Avenue Extension
Volume II : Flatlands Avenue to Osborne Street

So if anyone would care to donate... please check your seat cushions... it would be greatly appreciated. Anything from $1 up.

For additional information:
theatretalks @gmail.com

To make a contribution: 
https://bit.ly/2BzxHC9



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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index.
Medotcom   




Thursday, January 10, 2019

Nitehawk Cinema--Prospect Park

While we were taking a break from theatres, in December, a new movie house opened in Park Slope.



Nitehawk Prospect Park
 Sakeenah Saleem/Nitehawk

Bklyner. Blog, Liena Zagare, December 19, 2018:
“Nitehawk Prospect Park opens today in the building last occupied by The Pavillion [sic] movie house at 188 Prospect Park West with a 3:30 PM screening of The World Before Your Feet.”

“The beautifully restored movie house has 7 theatres to show movies to 650 patrons at a time, and is now accessible to people with disabilities thanks to an elevator.”


Gothamist, Scott Lynch, December 19, 2018:
“The basic footprint of the Pavilion remains, though the two screens on the main floor were removed to make room for the kitchen. The theaters with the smaller screens tend to have a flatter grade—the sight lines are still fine, even with someone tall sitting in front of you—while Theaters 1 and 2 are the big stadium seating venues. The latter will be ideal for blockbusters such as Mary Poppins Returns and Aquaman, both showing this week, while the former is just fine for the likes of the superb Japanese film Shoplifters, also now playing.”

GlobeSt.com, Betsy Kim, December 21, 2018:
“After extensive capital improvements, the movie theater at 188 Prospect Park West, formerly known as the Pavilion Theater, has been redesigned and reopened as the Nitehawk Prospect Park. The new 34,000 square-foot, 620-seat cinema house now has seven theaters and serves cocktails, beer and food such as burgers, tater tots and truffle popcorn.”


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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index.





Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Midnight Alarm on Coney Island Avenue

Exhibitors Herald, December 8, 1923:


"An effective float used by the Miriam Theatre and other New York theatres for Vitagraph's "The Midnight Alarm'"

The Midnight Alarm




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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index.
Medotcom  

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume I


Staff at the Theatre Historical Society of America enjoying some light reading (2014)

Currently seeking funding for the editing and formatting of the

Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I, Third Edition

Adams Street to Flatbush Avenue Extension


For additional information or to make a contribution:

theatretalks at gmail.com


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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index.
Medotcom   

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Parthenon Theatre, 329 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood

Received an email from local historian John Dereszewski suggesting that the Parthenon Theatre be added to the third edition of the Index.

Today the address would place it in Queens, but the theatre only "migrated" to that borough in 1925 when the county line was re-drawn.

Mr. Dereszewski believes that the Parthenon "was the most significant building to change boroughs  as a result of this action."

The Moving Picture Weekly, April 16, 1921:


“For the initial showing at the new $300,000 Parthenon Theatre in the Ridgewood section of Brooklyn, N. Y., the Universal-Jewel, ‘Outside the Law,’ starring Priscilla Dean, was selected as the feature photoplay. The theatre is owned by Herman Weingarten and is one of the newer playhouses in Brooklyn.
“The theatre, which is located on the corner of Myrtle and Wyckoff avenues, has a seating capacity of 1600 people, and was opened for the first time to the public on February 26th.
“The general decoration scheme of the new playhouse is gold and old rose. There are large rest rooms for the women patrons, writing rooms and smoking rooms for the men, telephone booths and a promenade. A perfect view of the screen may be obtained from any seat in the house.”

The Parthenon building in 2013 (photo: Ken Roe)

The Parthenon will be added to the third volume third edition of the index. Thanks Mr. Dereszewski for the suggestion.

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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Latest from Nitehawk

Posted by Nitehawk Cinema, Twitter, July 3, 2018:




"New seat feature: it's kinda like the plastic your grandma used to keep on the couch. Keeps stains off the seats!"

"But seriously, we're removing the plastic. And we're also getting very close to Nitehawk Prospect Park!"





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.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index.
Medotcom