Liberty Theatre, Salt Lake City

The Film index, April 22, 1911:

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“New house, opened March 13th with seating capacity of 1,000 and 10c. and 20c. admission. The decorations and appointments are most beautiful, and its patronage the best people in the town.  Has orchestra of eight pieces; uses two Edison machines and first run service, changing program Monday and Thursday.”

 

Seeing Salt Lake City The Legacy of the Shipler Photographers by Alan Barnett, Signature Books, 2001:
“Miss Liberty was eventually removed from the building and the theater became the Gem. This site at 160 South State is now a parking lot for a fast food restaurant.”

 

 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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The Star of Bradford

Film Index, May 23, 1908:

Star Theatre, 11 Main Street, Bradford, Pennsylvania

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“The cosy little theatre is owned by the Bradford Amusement Company and is under the personal management of Thomas B. Breakey.

“In the above picture, reading left to right, are: Mrs. Elizabeth Williams the excellent pianist; Miss Helen Harris, who presides in the ticket office; Miss Edna Lesh, who is also a ticket seller; Master Blake Gifford, of Buffalo, pianist who has filled occasional engagements at the Star; Robert Kellarman, the man behind the gun in the moving picture department; Archie Appleton, the excellent baritone; Master Leonard Stearns, the very popular boy soprano, and last. but by no means least, Manager Breakey himself.”

 

 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.

Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index.

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Vaudette Theatre, Salem, Oregon

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The Film Index,  July 11, 1908:

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“Above is pictured M. C. Mott’s Vaudette Theatre, at Salem Oregon. Situated on Court street. it has gained a reputation as the coziest and best conducted house in the city. We hear now that the enterprising owner has installed a real stage and opera chairs, so that the house now seats two hundred.”

“A clever idea is that of the advertisements of local merchants displayed on the walls of the theatre. The ad space has not only proven profitable to the advertisers, but the proceeds figure very important on the books of the wise Mr. Mott.”

Do not know the origins of the above photo. It is from a b/w negative dated 1906, “collector: Ben Maxwell”, Salem Public Library Historic Photograph Collections, Salem Public Library, Salem Oregon.

 

 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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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.

Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index.

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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.”

 

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.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

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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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picture show_pe“Empty baby-buggies at the entrance. The picture show is one of the few forms of public entertainment that are always open to mothers  who must look after their own children.”

“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.”

 

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.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

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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.”

 

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.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

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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.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

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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.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

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Arc, Schenectady, “Modern Electric Theatre”

The Film Index, April 9, 1911:

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“The rectifier, enclosed in a neat glass case, is located at the entrance, directly opposite the ticket booth, where it can be seen by the passerby. The sign attached to the case and reading ‘Part of our electrical equipment that helps to make perfect motion pictures,’ is of unique significance.

“When the apparatus is in operation, the beautiful blue-green light radiating from the rectifier tube positively announces that the play is on and also furnishes an element of activity which attracts attention on both sides of the street fully as much as the elaborate electric signs.

“It really is interesting to note the drawing power  or advertising value of the rectifier thus displayed–a glance at the entrance shows there’s something doing, and that’s enough to draw a crowd.

“The brilliant pool of bubbling mercury a the bottom of the rectifier draws like a magnet, and the flood of dazzling blue-green light is mesmerizing.”

A Tale of Two Cities 

The above photo in an ad for the G. E. Rectifier, Film Index, April 22, 1911:

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Since 1996, legendary theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle has been conducting 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.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

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