Motion Picture News, January 12, 1918:
“Potash mills put this small theatre on the map.”
“J. J. Seigel is doing a thriving business in the Antioch Theatre, Antioch, Neb., a town of ten people. This is the smallest town in Nebraska to have a motion picture theatre. But just outside the boundary lines of the town of Antioch are big potash mills, built in haste since the waste lakes of potash in Nebraska have begun to make millionaires out of a few college boys who realized the war would shut off this nation’s from outside.
“In these mills work scores of people who crowd the Antioch theatre every night. The house seats 100. Mr. Seigel is now building a theatre of 300–‘One of the best little houses in the state, too,’ he says.”
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, Volume I.