Ranch Life in Houston

The Film Index, September 7, 1910

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“Dixie Theatre, Houston, Tex.–A. Kornmann, manager “

“Elaborate display made for Selig’s great ‘Ranch Life’ production.”

 

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Tom Mix Museum

“Tom’s first movie was made for the Selig Polyscope Company, on Sherman Moore’s ranch, the Horseshoe L, just outside Dewey, Oklahoma at the base of Blue Mound. The movie was called Ranch Life in the Great Southwest.”

 

 

 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.

Walks also available at Local Expeditions

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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Saxe Amusement Company, Milwaukee

The Film Index, April 1, 1911:

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Milwaukee Sentinel, June 29, 1927

Saxe Brothers Movie Theatres

 

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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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The Janet of Enameled Brick

The Moving Picture World, May 21, 1910:

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“On North Avenue [Chicago] is the ‘Janet,’ a building of enameled brick construction–not only in front but on all sides. Here we witnessed an excellent exhibition of independent pictures on the mirror screen, and, by the way, Mr. Hyman, the owner of this pretty theater, confessed to us that things looked pretty blue for him until the mirror screen turned the tide in his favor.

“And there was a tide of humanity in double line blocking the street on the occasion of our visit. ”

Janet Theatre, 617 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL

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.

Walks also available at Local Expeditions

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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Scenario 1, Movies in a Tent, Seattle

The Film Index, May 27, 1911:

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“The General Amusement Co., of Seattle, Washington, has been formed to operate tent shows in the northwest and, in spite of the inauspicious weather of the past few weeks, their initial venture has been playing to capacity since opening.”

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“‘Scenario No. 1,’ which was opened April 15, is 40 by 110 feet with seating capacity for 400. The main tent is made of 10 oz. black army duck with a lobby in blue and white stripped 14 oz. duck. It has an elevated floor, comfortable opera chairs, and is equipped with a heating plant that will permit the tent to remain open the entire year.”

“The tent is entirely opaque and the matinée shows are given with conditions as perfect as those which obtain at night.”

“Licensed film will be run and there will be a first-class spot light singer. The program will consist of three reels with four changes and an admission fee of ten cents is charged, children being admitted for half price.”

Scenario 1, 22nd and Market Streets, Seattle, Washington

Movies in posters:

Saved by Telegraphy

The Sheriff’s Sister

 

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.

Walks also available at Local Expeditions

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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Manhattan Theatre Provides for Horses

The Moving Picture News, July 22, 1911:

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“Last week when New York’s dumb animals as well as the human portion of its population were sweltering in the heat, William J. Gane, of the Manhattan Theater, gave water to a thirsty horse in front of his theater on the corner of Broadway and 31st street.  While the horse drank he took the hose and sprinkled it with the fresh cool water; for his pains he was fined ten dollars.

“However, Mr. Gane, seeing the comfort the horse derived from its shower, in the kindness of his heart, immediately installed a couple of real shower baths at the edge of the pavement directly in front of the Manhattan, and here hundreds of our dumb friends reveled, during the recent hot wave, in the refreshing spray so thoughtfully  provided for them by the big-hearted manager.”

 

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.

Walks also available at Local Expeditions

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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The Dream in Seattle

The Film Index, April 8, 1911:

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“The accompanying illustration shows the interior of the Dream theatre, 701 First avenue, Seattle. It is a thoroughly up-to-date house and the proprietor, James Q. Clemmer, spared no expense to make it attractive and cozy.

“It seats 350 people and the programs consist of motion pictures exclusively. The chairs were furnished by the A. H. Andrews Co., Chicago, through their representative H. A. Johnson, whose office is located at 510 First avenue, South Seattle, Wash. These chairs are No. 60 opera chair, with upholstered back and seat and copper plated aisle castings.”

 

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He 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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The Moving Picture Show

Excerpts from “The Moving Picture Show” by Asa Steele, The World’s Work, February, 1911

“Yesterday 4,000, 000 Americans visited 13,000 picture-shows, They do so everyday. One man, woman, or child  in twenty-three, every afternoon or evening visit a cinematograph. They pay an average of seven cents each or more than $102,000,000 a year.

Among the illustrations are two photos of motion picture theatres, names and locations are not given.

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“The moving-picture shows have driven theatrical performances from 1,400 playhouses and claim a patronage three times as great as that of the other theatres.”

“Some of there ‘picture-show’ houses are mere store-rooms, representing an investment of only $500, but an investment of a quarter or a half-milliuon dollars is not unusual in moving-picture theatres of a big city. About $100,000,000 is invested in the business.”

“Last year $18,000,000 worth of motion-films were sold. These vast sums come back in dimes and nickels.”

 

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He 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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World’s Dream in St. Louis

The World’s Dream Theatre in Moving Picture World, June 13, 1925:
“Its 140 folding-chairs and standing room for 200 made it a ‘picture palace’ of its day.”

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“The World’s Dream was the first exclusive motion picture theatre in St. Louis. John Karzin, shown in insert, opened it at 1413 Market street on October 17, 1906. Karzin is shown standing in the entrance to his theatre. He is the second figure from the left.

Next to him is ‘Doc’ Miller, his one-time partner. On the extreme left is one Schaefer person, advertising manager by virtue of being ‘Spieler-in-chief.’ On the extreme right is one’Doc’ person–last name forgotten–assistant advertising manager, since he was Schaefer’s assistant in the gentle art of the barker.”

 

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Del Valle has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

He 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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Shelling of St. Marcos in Dubuque

The Film Index,  June 3, 1911:

“The Star theatre, Dubuque, Iowa, a cut of which appears here, is owned and managed by Harry Weiss, who appears as the second figure from the right in the illustration. The Star seats 325 people comfortably.”

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“‘The Shelling of the San Marcos’ (Vitagraph) made a big hit, showing continuously  from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. for two days. He expended $10 per day on May 5 and 6 for display advertising.

“The cut shows a model of the old battleship Texas (San Marcos) placed above the theatre entrance, which attracted wide attention. The model was whittled out of solid wood by Manager Weiss, with a jack knife and chisel. The cannon are movable as are also the turrets and rigging.

“The neat and ingenious display forth many compliments from numerous patrons of the Star.”

 

Since 1997, legendary theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle has presented a popular series theatre talks and walks. Currently accepting bookings for 2017:  historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

Del Valle has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

He 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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Orpheum Theatre, Butte, Montana

The Film Index, September 3, 1910:

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“View of wireless machine operating in front of theatre to boost the Edison picture of ‘A Wireless Romance.’ The machine was operated by an expert wireless operator. The novelty proved a big advertisement to the theatre.”

A Wireless Romance released July 8, 1910

 

Since 1997, legendary theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle has presented a popular series theatre talks and walks. Currently accepting bookings for 2017:  historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

Del Valle has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

He 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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