The Aerodrome Park, Far Rockaway, New York

Moving Picture World, August 13, 1910:

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“Without a doubt the most elegant open-air theater in Greater New York was opened on June 25 at Far Rockaway at an investment of $7,500, being built in eight days by the architects, Grossman & Kleinberg, of New York City, who, as may be seen by the accompanying picture, erected a place most unique and elegant in architecture.

“The interior, finished on the same lines and elegance, seats 1,500 people, and the whole leaves an impression of neatness and richness to the many large audiences, mainly summer residents, who every evening have the park surrounded by their waiting automobiles. The carefully selected program consists of five first class pictures of the licensed manufacturers and illustrated songs by Mrs. J. Eagan and Miss A. Bratley.  The pictures, 18×27.5, are projected by two motion picture machines of the latest type, thus avoiding all intermissions and are in charge of Mr. Bernard  C. Cook, of New York City.

“The proprietor, Mr. Arthur E. Silverman, is well satisfied with the results of his enterprise, having very unique and up-to-date ideas, and is conducting his theater along unique lines, not showing anything but motion pictures and songs. He will not use vaudeville at his theater. At the end of the summer season Mr. Silverman will rebuild his theater and enclose same, to run through the winter.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is currently accepting theatre talks and walks for the fall and winter-historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.


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