Princess Theatre, Anderson, Indiana

The Nickelodeon, July 1, 1910:

“S. B. Sampson, manager of the Princess Theater at Anderson, Ind., and whose counterfeit presentment appears at the extreme right, is a satisfied exhibitor.”


“The picture of the theater front was taken Memorial day, 1910 before the first performance of the day. Mr.
Sampson says that after the show opened you couldn’t see the front at all for people.

“The player and singer are standing in the doorway, the drummer is between them and the manager and on the extreme left is Mr. Sampson, Jr. The Kleine Optical Company furnishes service for the Princess.”

The poster, on the left, is for “The Stolen Fortune“, released by Essanay Studios, May 4, 1910.


Cezar 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.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.


Varieties Theatre, 729 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47807

Moving Picture World, November 16, 1912:


“We print herewith a half-tone of the Varieities Theater of Terre Haute, Ind., which plays vaudeville and pictures from September to June. For years past the house was dark during the summer months, but this year the manager kept moving pictures running from June to September with much success.

“A large number of the feature films now on the market were run and mostly all the Bison and other independent features were booked two and three days.

‘”The extra expenditure for the features,’ said the manager of the Varieties, ‘was offset by the increase in the box office receipts.'”

Produced by Film d’art as  La Dame Aux Camelias, the film received American  distribution, February 24, 1912,  under the title Camille

Cezar Del Valle is available for theatre walks and talks in 2013.

He is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the year by the Theatre Historical Society.