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.

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