Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The New Nostrand

 The Exhibitor, April 29, 1939:

"This year Brooklyn could point to another achievement, the Nostrand Theatre, built by the Century Circuit, Inc., from the plans of New York's famed John Eberson. Seating nearly 1,000 the theatre, as here shown, presents the modern theatre at its best, created within the walls of a massive, confidence-inspiring structure, a credit to architect Eberson, the Century Circuit and the Borough of Brooklyn."


"The exterior at night is as brilliant as any downtown first-run theatre. Although there is nothing outstanding about the marquee, it still smacks of showmanship, with plenty of space to 'sell' attractions. The box office is done in structural glass and stainless steel."  


"The auditorium, looking toward the rear, allows one to obtain a better idea of the capable manner in which the design of the interior has been handled. Damask of two distinct designs has been used on the walls: the lower portion in  stripes, the upper portion in figures."


 "The proscenium, as seen from the balcony, has been designed to aid the ocular comfort, with lines on the side walls directed towards it. The modern motif has been handled in a dignified manner, there by disposing of 'gingerbread' effects. An interesting note is the floral murals." 


Nostrand Theatre
2817 Nostrand Avenue

The Great Man Votes 

Pacific Liner 

Lincoln in the White House 


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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