Star Theatre, 50 Scollay Square, Boston, MA

Moving Picture Word, May 27, 1911:

“The Star was started August 1, 1907, and was completed and ready for the public by November 1, 1907. It has a frontage of thirty feet and a gross depth of nearly one hundred and twenty feet. The architecture of the house is unique, and calculated to catch and hold the attention of the passer-by, as can readily be understood from the photographs.” 

“The Star is the best fitted house in New England in electrical display, not barring any legitimate theater. The figures in the lobby were made after designs originated by the president of the Star Amusement Company.

Each are strongly favorable points for the Star. The three doors shown by the photographs are all wide exits, while the one to the right is also the regular means of entrance. The middle door is also used as an advertising medium, and is a work of art, made of mahogany with gold and inlaid handwork.

The admission fee is a flat rate of 10 cents, at any time of the day, with no rain-checks” of any sort. Four hundred and fifty-three (453) is the seating capacity, with a single aisle.”

“The house has twenty-six employees, running from a general manager and a house manager, to porters and ushers. Four reels of absolute first choice of Licensed pictures, and four acts of vaudeville comprise an excellent bill. The house projects what many in the trade consider to best picture in New England.

“A neat, clean house, courteous, uniformed ushers, with an excellent show and management make the Star’s success.”

A Lad from Old Ireland

The Cowboys and the Bachelor Girls 

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.

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.

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Whoopee Ti Yi Yo London

The Film Index, April 1, 1911:

“That the English photoplay lovers are particularly fond of the wild-west drama is illustrated in the acompanying photograph of the extensive advertising by the Empire Theater, a large photoplayhouse in  London, of the Essanay Western drama, ‘The Girl on Triple X.’

“‘The Indian Head’ films in London are always favorites with the English audiences, for the remarkable beauty of the scenery and the excellence of stories, acting and photography.

“Mr. Harry Spoor, the London Agent for the Essanay Productions, has been unusually successful in the English market and particularly so with the Essanay Company’s Western product.” “

The Girl on Triple X

 

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.

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.

The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

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Two Cities at the Pickwick

The Film Index, April 1, 1911:

“Capacity houses with waiting crowds outside marked the five-days run of the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ at the Pickwick, which by the way may be called the pioneer of modern moving picture theatres in Washington [D.C.]. It was here that the ‘Passion Play’ was made famous and had the largest consecutive run anywhere.”

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Pickwick Theatre

 

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.

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.

The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

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The Illinois Theatre, 1252 Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

The Film Index,  April 16, 1910:

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“The Illinois Theatre, at 1252 Milwaukee avenue, Chicago, was purchased by A. T. Steingard last June. Though a young man, he has displayed considerable managerial ability.

He dropped vaudeville as soon as he got control and is pleasing his numerous patrons with fine service, booked by the Theatre Film Service. He uses also the latest songs and good singers.

Mr. Steingard receives numerous compliments from his patrons on the pleasing quality of the entertainment offered.”

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.

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.

The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

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Montgomery Theatre, Atlanta, GA.

Moving Picture World, September 23, 1911:

Entrance to Montgomery Theater, Atlanta, Ga.”

“View of Interior of Montgomery Theater, Atlanta, Ga., taken from the balcony, showing sheet, pipe organ and orchestra enclosure, and singer’s balcony on right of sheet.”

“The Montgomery is on Peachtree Street, just above Auburn Avenue, splendidly located for the purpose, and is now doing the record business for pictures in that city.”

“Since achieving success in this venture, Mr. Montgomery has moved upon Augusta and other cities of the South, and more triumphs will be recorded as he progresses.”

“View of interior of Montgomery Theater, Atlanta, Ga., taken from the singer’s balcony showing gallery arrangements.”

Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.

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.

The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

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Children’s Matinee at the Favorite

The Film Index, March 12, 1910:

Favorite Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri 

“Photograph taken just before the matinee performance on Sunday afternoon, January 23, 1910, and illustrates the popularity of this house with the young folks.”

“The proprietor, Mr. John Rabenau, has given special attention to the subject of entertaining the children at his theatre and appearances prove that he has succeeded. The house is located at 2701 Cherokee street.”

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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.

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Children’s Matinee at Windle’s

Film Index, May 21, 1910:

“John Windle’s Variety Theatre, Pittsburg, PA.”

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“View taken on the occasion of a regular Children’s Matinee. This popular house is the first that was built on the Northside and does a phenomenal business. Its seating capacity is 500 and a 5c. and 10c. admission is charged.”

The Patient from Punkville, Pathe Freres, 1909

Adonis is Robbed of  His Clothes, Pathe Freres, 1909

The Way of the World, D. W. Griffith, Biograph, 1910

 

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.

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Roosevelt Hunting Big Game in Kansas

The Film Index, June 25, 1910:

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Novelty Theatre, Winfield, Kansas
“C. E. Heimple, proprietor and manager; Jack Benson, assistant manager.
View of lobby showing display for ‘Roosevelt’ pictures.”

 

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Roosevelt in Africa

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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.

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Theato, Chattanooga

The Film Index, May 21, 1910:

“Theato, Chattanooga, Tenn.–Howel Graham, Manager”

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“This high-class picture theatre has been running under its present management for the past four years.

“It is peculiar on account of the location of the operating booth, which is swung from the ceiling, in the centre of the building, dropping down four feet and extending six feet into the floor above. An air shaft twenty-four inches in diameter runs from the booth to the roof, giving ample ventilation and carrying out the smoke and fumes in the event of fire and prevent it communicating with the auditorium.

“To meet the unusual angle of projection the sheet is hung on an easel-like frame, which is tilted so that the image is not distorted.  Two projecting machines and two operators are employed, giving a continuous picture.

“No vaudeville has ever been giving at the theatre.”

 

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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.

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Fairyland Theatre, 1254 Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

The Film Index, April 16, 1910:

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“This handsome theatre, at 1254 Milwaukee avenue, Chicago. which is owned by the Fairyland Amusement Company and managed by W. X. MacCollin, seats 300 people. Its attractive front was built by the Decorators’ Supply Company.

“The theatre was opened in September, 1907, and vaudeville with pictures formed the entertainment. For over a year vaudeville has been discontinued and a high-class service furnished by the George K. Spoor Exchange, with illustrated songs, give great satisfaction to a fine patronage,

“Mr. MacCollin is an experienced and successful moving picture manager, and has placed the Fairyland on a fine paying basis.”

 

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Le Festin de Balthazar or The Fall of Bayblon, France 1910

“‘The Fall of Babylon’ is the grandest bibical subject ever produced in moving pictures.”–Moving Picture World, March 26, 1910

 

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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