Saxe Amusement Company, Milwaukee

The Film Index, April 1, 1911:


Milwaukee Sentinel, June 29, 1927

Saxe Brothers Movie 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.

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.





Comique Theatre, Kinnickinnic Avenue, Milwaukee

Motography,July 15, 1916:


“The birthplace of the Mutual Film Corporation was recently unearthed in the form of a photograph which President [John R.] Freuler discovered among his possessions. It was the long forgotten Comique Theater on Kinnickinnic avenue. Milwaukee.

“Here Mr. Freuler was introduced to the motion picture business which led to the establishment of the Western Film Exchange of Milwaukee, which grew into a system of exchanges and finally developed into the Mutual Film Corporation.

“The film magnate is interested in the American Film Company, Inc., the Lone Star Corporation, which makes the Charlie Chaplin Mutual specials, Majestic-Reliance, New York Motion Picture Corporation, Vogue Films, Inc., States Film Corporation, North American Film Corporation and Signal Film Corporation. In addition he holds important interests in a number of other concerns in the picture making business.

“The development of all these concerns may be traced back to Mr. Freuler’s interest in the business created by his connection with the little old Comique.”


From The British Film Institute

Mutual Films

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walking tours in 2015-2016: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

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Vaudette Theatre, 183 3rd St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Vaudette Theatre boldly confronts the issue of ladies’ hats.

Moving Picture World, April 30, 1910:


“How the Vaudette advertised a Selig film”

“The Vaudette Theater has an innovation that I cannot pass. It is a sort of Jim Crow car, not to keep black from white but to keep the big hats from obstructing the view of the little man. A number of rear seats are partitioned off by a neat brass railing and are specially reserved for the ladies who do not wish to remove their hats.

“It  was a rather hazardous thing to do, but the manager made up his mind to enforce his new rules and paid no attention to the numerous protests. One single evening he ejected 23 women who insisted on keeping their hats on in seats not provided for this purpose.

“The 23 women declared they would boycott the Vaudette, but the great attraction of good and well shown pictures decided them to submit to the inevitable and today they have rejoined the ranks of the patrons and obediently remove their hats or take the specially reserved seats.

“When you can  persuade a woman to discard her hat to see motion pictures it is sure proof that the pictures are of the best quality and are shown as they should be.”

Vaudette Theatre

Milwaukee Public Library

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.