The Prospect Hotel, Coney Island

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Moving Picture World, June 17, 1911:
“The fact that Coney Island, N. Y., is fast becoming one of the central points for the exhibition of moving pictures. and even now is assuming the name ‘Flicker Alley,’ is strongly evidenced by the number of sales recorded by manufacturers and dealers in moving picture apparatus and supplies.

“The latest arrivals in the exhibiting field at this popular resort are Morris Goldberg, operating the Prospect Hotel, Mr. E. F. McGann, of McGann’s Hotel, and Dickers Hotel, all if which have installed a Powers Cameragraph Number 6*, and equipment.”

*Projector

Coney Island Museum, Saturday, June 29, 5pm:
Ask the Experts: Cezar Del Valle – Son of Coney Island Goes to the Movies

 

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.

Updated third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index  will be available in 2019 .

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The Horn- Cowboys, Indians, and All

Film Index, August 13, 1910:

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“View of front of The Horn, Baltimore, Md., owned by the Horn Amusement Co., if which Mr. Frank Hornig is manager. A neat and popular house featuring the best pictures.”

 

“Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters” by Amy Davis.

 

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Tom Mix stars in The Range Riders

Photo: Tom Mix Museum 

At the Dixie Theatre, Bijou Dream, March 25, 2018

 

 

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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The New Grand, Jacksonville, Florida

The Film Index, November 26, 1910:

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Manager F. T. Montgomery on the left.

“No doubt one of the most popular attractions for northern visitors in Jacksonville, Fla., during the winter season, will be the new Grand Theatre. This most modern little picture house, with its seating capacity of 500, is one of the most up-to-date theatres of its kind in the whole of ‘Dixie,’ and the entertainment given by Manager F. T. Montgomery, is equal to any given in the largest cities.”

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 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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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.

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.

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

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Bunnyfinches Play the Aurora

John Bunny “made 260 shorts with Flora Finch between 1910 and 1914, which were known as ‘Bunnygraphs’, ‘Bunnyfinches’, and ‘Bunnyfinchgraphs.'”

Moving Picture World, February 24, 1912:

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“Of the three picture houses in Lawrence, Kan., the Aurora theater is said to be the finest. It is owned by Mr. Gibbons. The accompanying illustration shows the front of the Aurora billed for one of the Vitagraph ‘Bunny, Pictures and indicates that the proprietor is particularly enterprising when the question of publicity is considered.

The Aurora is fitted with a Mirror Screen and the current is supplied through a motor generator. The Aurora is not for its excellent projection.”

 

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John Bunny

John Bunny and Flora Finch

 

 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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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.

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

AboutMe

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