Ranch Life in Houston

The Film Index, September 7, 1910


“Dixie Theatre, Houston, Tex.–A. Kornmann, manager “

“Elaborate display made for Selig’s great ‘Ranch Life’ production.”


tom mix

Tom Mix Museum

“Tom’s first movie was made for the Selig Polyscope Company, on Sherman Moore’s ranch, the Horseshoe L, just outside Dewey, Oklahoma at the base of Blue Mound. The movie was called Ranch Life in the Great Southwest.”



 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.






Park Picture Palace, Sankey Street, Warrington, England

The Cinema News and Property Gazette, February 12, 1913:

Picture (Medium)

“Above we reproduce an illustration of the Park Picture Palace, Warrington, of which Mr. Bibby is the manager, as it appeared whilst Selig’s great film ‘Monte Cristo’ was showing.

“When we reviewed this picture we prophesied that wherever it was shown money would be turned away. That we did not speak without our book is proved when we state that whilst it was shown at the Park Picture Palace, notwithstanding the fact that it could be seen at three other halls in the same town, Mr. Bibby did bigger business that he had ever previously accomplished.”


Monte Cristo


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 available for theatre talks and walks in 2014, historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.