Scenario 1, Movies in a Tent, Seattle

The Film Index, May 27, 1911:


“The General Amusement Co., of Seattle, Washington, has been formed to operate tent shows in the northwest and, in spite of the inauspicious weather of the past few weeks, their initial venture has been playing to capacity since opening.”


“‘Scenario No. 1,’ which was opened April 15, is 40 by 110 feet with seating capacity for 400. The main tent is made of 10 oz. black army duck with a lobby in blue and white stripped 14 oz. duck. It has an elevated floor, comfortable opera chairs, and is equipped with a heating plant that will permit the tent to remain open the entire year.”

“The tent is entirely opaque and the matinée shows are given with conditions as perfect as those which obtain at night.”

“Licensed film will be run and there will be a first-class spot light singer. The program will consist of three reels with four changes and an admission fee of ten cents is charged, children being admitted for half price.”

Scenario 1, 22nd and Market Streets, Seattle, Washington

Movies in posters:

Saved by Telegraphy

The Sheriff’s Sister


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.