Children’s Matinee at the Favorite

The Film Index, March 12, 1910:

Favorite Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri 

“Photograph taken just before the matinee performance on Sunday afternoon, January 23, 1910, and illustrates the popularity of this house with the young folks.”

“The proprietor, Mr. John Rabenau, has given special attention to the subject of entertaining the children at his theatre and appearances prove that he has succeeded. The house is located at 2701 Cherokee street.”

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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.

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Roosevelt Hunting Big Game in Kansas

The Film Index, June 25, 1910:

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Novelty Theatre, Winfield, Kansas
“C. E. Heimple, proprietor and manager; Jack Benson, assistant manager.
View of lobby showing display for ‘Roosevelt’ pictures.”

 

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Roosevelt in Africa

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Theato, Chattanooga

The Film Index, May 21, 1910:

“Theato, Chattanooga, Tenn.–Howel Graham, Manager”

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“This high-class picture theatre has been running under its present management for the past four years.

“It is peculiar on account of the location of the operating booth, which is swung from the ceiling, in the centre of the building, dropping down four feet and extending six feet into the floor above. An air shaft twenty-four inches in diameter runs from the booth to the roof, giving ample ventilation and carrying out the smoke and fumes in the event of fire and prevent it communicating with the auditorium.

“To meet the unusual angle of projection the sheet is hung on an easel-like frame, which is tilted so that the image is not distorted.  Two projecting machines and two operators are employed, giving a continuous picture.

“No vaudeville has ever been giving at the theatre.”

 

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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.

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Fairyland Theatre, 1254 Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

The Film Index, April 16, 1910:

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“This handsome theatre, at 1254 Milwaukee avenue, Chicago. which is owned by the Fairyland Amusement Company and managed by W. X. MacCollin, seats 300 people. Its attractive front was built by the Decorators’ Supply Company.

“The theatre was opened in September, 1907, and vaudeville with pictures formed the entertainment. For over a year vaudeville has been discontinued and a high-class service furnished by the George K. Spoor Exchange, with illustrated songs, give great satisfaction to a fine patronage,

“Mr. MacCollin is an experienced and successful moving picture manager, and has placed the Fairyland on a fine paying basis.”

 

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Le Festin de Balthazar or The Fall of Bayblon, France 1910

“‘The Fall of Babylon’ is the grandest bibical subject ever produced in moving pictures.”–Moving Picture World, March 26, 1910

 

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.

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Little Mary at the Plaza

The Moving Picture News, August 12, 1911:

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“The Plaza Theatre, Washington, D. C., under the management of Tom Moore, who stands on the right and next to him his ‘little wife.’

“Tom Moore, Sr. is on the extreme left, while the others in the line are employees of the Moore Amusement Company at the Plaza, where the offices of this company are now located. The Plaza is one of the latest entries into the Independent field.”

From an earlier Dream

 

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Marion Leonard

 

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.

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The Horn- Cowboys, Indians, and All

Film Index, August 13, 1910:

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“View of front of The Horn, Baltimore, Md., owned by the Horn Amusement Co., if which Mr. Frank Hornig is manager. A neat and popular house featuring the best pictures.”

 

“Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters” by Amy Davis.

 

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Tom Mix stars in The Range Riders

Photo: Tom Mix Museum 

At the Dixie Theatre, Bijou Dream, March 25, 2018

 

 

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.

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Liberty Theatre, Salt Lake City

The Film index, April 22, 1911:

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“New house, opened March 13th with seating capacity of 1,000 and 10c. and 20c. admission. The decorations and appointments are most beautiful, and its patronage the best people in the town.  Has orchestra of eight pieces; uses two Edison machines and first run service, changing program Monday and Thursday.”

 

Seeing Salt Lake City The Legacy of the Shipler Photographers by Alan Barnett, Signature Books, 2001:
“Miss Liberty was eventually removed from the building and the theater became the Gem. This site at 160 South State is now a parking lot for a fast food restaurant.”

 

 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.

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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.

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Vaudette Theatre, Salem, Oregon

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The Film Index,  July 11, 1908:

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“Above is pictured M. C. Mott’s Vaudette Theatre, at Salem Oregon. Situated on Court street. it has gained a reputation as the coziest and best conducted house in the city. We hear now that the enterprising owner has installed a real stage and opera chairs, so that the house now seats two hundred.”

“A clever idea is that of the advertisements of local merchants displayed on the walls of the theatre. The ad space has not only proven profitable to the advertisers, but the proceeds figure very important on the books of the wise Mr. Mott.”

Do not know the origins of the above photo. It is from a b/w negative dated 1906, “collector: Ben Maxwell”, Salem Public Library Historic Photograph Collections, Salem Public Library, Salem Oregon.

 

 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.

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Bunnyfinches Play the Aurora

John Bunny “made 260 shorts with Flora Finch between 1910 and 1914, which were known as ‘Bunnygraphs’, ‘Bunnyfinches’, and ‘Bunnyfinchgraphs.'”

Moving Picture World, February 24, 1912:

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“Of the three picture houses in Lawrence, Kan., the Aurora theater is said to be the finest. It is owned by Mr. Gibbons. The accompanying illustration shows the front of the Aurora billed for one of the Vitagraph ‘Bunny, Pictures and indicates that the proprietor is particularly enterprising when the question of publicity is considered.

The Aurora is fitted with a Mirror Screen and the current is supplied through a motor generator. The Aurora is not for its excellent projection.”

 

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John Bunny

John Bunny and Flora Finch

 

 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.

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