Pleasing Pictorial Pictures at the Casino

Moving Picture World, December 21, 1912:


“Quimby and Quimby, of the Casino Theater, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, send a photograph of a prairie schooner which they use in advertising Western releases with good results. They write that they use the Universal service, taking first run on the Animated Weekly and supplementing this with their own pictures of local events.”

“They write that they have made pictures of fire department practice, the Tillicum Club in its new home, the parade opening of the Kootenai Fair and other local events.  The camera, printer and darkroom equipment were made by operator, Fred F. Baker, and negative and positives are developed and finished right in the theater instead of being sent East to some company. This avoids delay and enables prompt showing of the subject.”

“The local film is called the Casino Baby and the slogan is ‘Watch it Grow.’ A local film in a town of 7,500 people is evidence of hustle all out of proportion to the population.”

Snowball and His Pal (1912) with Francis Ford


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.






The Dime, 457 West Broadway, Idaho Falls, ID 83402

The Film Index, December 17, 1910:


“The Dime is the most popular theatre in Idaho Falls, the liveliest town in Southeastern Idaho, numbering about eight thousand souls. Its increasing business has demanded more room and a thirty foot addition has just been completed. A fine type of opera chair has just  been installed and the whole inside remodeled, and it would be hard to find a more artistic interior.

“Joe George, the owner and manager, is a live one–a booster and a good fellow, and he has brought the Dime up to its present status from a very humble beginning–from a seating capacity of 150 to more than 300. Besides the comfort of his patrons, Mr. George gives particular attention to his operating room and the music. Licensed pictures have always been used, and these are shown at their best. He uses piano and trap drums with the occasional violin or cornet. Where the occasion warrants he employs some local speaker to lecture the pictures. ”

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.