Crystal Hall, 46 East 14th Street, New York, NY

Excerpts from an article, by Moving Picture News columnist “Walton”, April 15, 1911.


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“Crystal Hall opened seven years ago as a penny arcade, but prides itself upon being The First Straight Moving Picture Show on Fourteenth Street setting out with the Johnstown Flood.

The show runs from 8 a.m. till 11 p.m., and, as I personally know, has audiences and big ones, all day; three Independent  reels and an illustrated song is the show.

“The ever-changing audience of such a house as this ought to give value to the manager’s opinions, and Mr. [William F.]  Schork’s are: Moving pictures draw, draw, draw,; a reel that hits is never old, and so long as folk want it they shall have it. The moving picture man talking the same talk as the vaudeville and ‘legit’ man and-don’t you forget it-for the same reason.

“H. Reinecker is the capable and courteous assistant manager, who is ever to be found amidst the strains of music on the lower floor. A man who knows what’s what and shows it. The songs are rendered by Miss Tucker, whose sweet voice is so well known on Fourteenth street.

“In conclusion, I wish to give it as my emphatic opinion that William F. Schork is in charge of a house that demands peculiar ability to deal with ever-changing audiences and this he has shown, and does show, he is eminently fitted to cope with.”


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 available for theatre talks and walks in 2014, historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.


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