The Star of Bradford

Film Index, May 23, 1908:

Star Theatre, 11 Main Street, Bradford, Pennsylvania

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“The cosy little theatre is owned by the Bradford Amusement Company and is under the personal management of Thomas B. Breakey.

“In the above picture, reading left to right, are: Mrs. Elizabeth Williams the excellent pianist; Miss Helen Harris, who presides in the ticket office; Miss Edna Lesh, who is also a ticket seller; Master Blake Gifford, of Buffalo, pianist who has filled occasional engagements at the Star; Robert Kellarman, the man behind the gun in the moving picture department; Archie Appleton, the excellent baritone; Master Leonard Stearns, the very popular boy soprano, and last. but by no means least, Manager Breakey himself.”

 

 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 Jewel, Easton, Pennsylvania

Motion Picture Herald, August 14, 1937, Ohio theatre manager, John A. Schwalm “recalls his years as a nickelodeon operator.”

Featuring a five-cent admission, the Jewel was an “upstairs house” with the first floor used as lobby.

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“Mr. Schwalm, at left, wearing a bowler, posed proudly in front of his theatre in Easton, PA., in 1909, two years after the house opened as the fifth of his theatrical ventures.

“Note the elaborate marquee and the double feature bill advertised in quiet taste.”

The Professor’s Trip to the Country, released by Vitagraph, as a split reel with Duty Versus Revenge.

Advertised on the ticket booth: “Illustrated Song Today The Road to Yesterday. ”

Movie and song date from 1908.

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.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.