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

Goodreads
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Majestic Theatre, 651-653 Fulton Street


MAJESTIC THEATRE
August 29, 1904-1973
Seating Capacity: 1,828
Builders/Proprietors: Edward Starr and John H. Havlin
Architect: J. B. McElfatrick

The Brooklyn Eagle, August 28, 1904

The Brooklyn Eagle, August 30, 1904:
“It is a new, handsome, clean, up-to-date theater, with broad and comfortable seats
and plenty of room for the knees of six-footers, it has quicker practicable exits at
the close of the performance than any house in the borough; its decoration scheme
of dull red and soft green is cheerful and restful, without assuming to be in the
highest style of art, and the house is safeguarded from fire both in front and behind
the scenes in all conceivable ways that its good location and the Chicago fire scare
while it was building suggested.”


New York PM, “If You’re Short on Folding Money”, December 29, 1940:
“Go over to the Brooklyn Majestic Theater, 651 Fulton St., 
and see eight acts of vaudeville with Bill Peters and his band. $.50 to $1.”


The Majestic renamed in honor of
BAM President and Executive Producer Harvey Lichtenstein when he retired in 1999.

BAM Harvey


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







Monday, July 22, 2019

Funding First Three Volumes




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


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

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

3rd edition greatly expanded. A major update from newly found primary resources. Each volume illustrated with approximately 70 photographs. 

Doing final research on Volume IV--Coney Island including Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach

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:


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   




Saturday, July 13, 2019

Kings Theatre, Flatbush

Tour of the Kings arranged by Matt Thuma Lambros and conducted by Steven Ehrenberg, Director of Production.

With 

Ken Roe--Founding member of the Cinema Theatre Association (UK) and editor of Cinema Treasures

Betty Sword, photographer


Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn




Foyer and Lobby




Ehrenburg points out auditorium details.




Auditorium



Lobby view from balcony stairs





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, June 11, 2019

Ask The Experts

Cezar Del Valle 
"Son of Coney Island Goes to the Movies"
Saturday, June 29, 2019
5:00 pm

Motion Pictures at the New Logan Hotel



"The Coney Island Museum is thrilled to present Cezar Del Valle, distinguished scholar, legendary theater historian, and author of "The Brooklyn Theater Index Volumes One -Three" in a program guaranteed to inform and engage."


1208 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11224
Email: museum@coneyisland.com​


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