Friday, January 21, 2022

Poitier onstage at the Bedford


The Brooklyn Eagle, August 12, 1951

The Brooklyn Eagle, August 2, 1951:
“Loew’s Bedford Theater announces the booking of two Broadway stage plays with all-star, all-Negro casts. First of the stage hits is Sidney Kingsley’s dramatic ‘Detective Story,’ starring Sidney Poittier [sic], star of the film ‘No Way Out,’ which premieres at the Bedford Wednesday, Aug. 8, for six days. Reserved seats will be scaled at one-third of the original Broadway price."

“Somerset Maugham’s ‘Rain’ starring Nina Mae McKinney, will open at the Bedford on Wednesday, Aug. 15.”

Loew's Bedford, Tax Photo 1939-1941

The New York Age, February 2, 1918:
“…there has been a growing tendency to be less liberal in the treatment of colored patrons in some theatres and public places since the court declared that a colored man has no right of recovery against a saloon-keeper who refuses to serve him.
     “Two days after word came from Albany relative to the Court of Appeals opinion the management of the Bedford Theatre, Brooklyn, adopted the policy of excluding colored people from the first floor, although prior to the court’s decision colored patrons were permitted to sit in any part of the house.”

Loew's Bedford
1372 Bedford Avenue

Sidney Poitier

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