Theatre Talks 2014-15

Need a special presentation for your organization? Cezar Del Valle has created a series of popular illustrated talks ideal for historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Digital Projector is Needed

Mindful of the budgetary constraints facing most non-profits, Del Valle is willing to discuss fees.

Chatting with the audience before his talk at the Brooklyn Collection, Central library.
Chatting with the audience before his talk at the Brooklyn Collection, Central Library.

Matinée Memories:
The most popular and requested talk covers not only the historical and architectural development of the “neighborhood” movie house, but also the role it played during the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War. Various stage novelties such as Bank Night, Dish Night, Crooner Contests, dance competitions and beauty pageants are also discussed.

This talk  customized to feature a particular region.

Movie Palace Grandeur:
During the “Golden Age of Hollywood”, the major studios constructed large-scale movie palaces of extraordinary architectural beauty. Audiences could escape into a fantasy world beyond their wildest dreams of luxury and gilded glamor.
This presentation highlights the largest and most opulent of these theatres.

The talk customized to feature Art Deco.

Times Square:
The world-renowned center of New York entertainment, from the summit of its celebrity to the district’s eventual decline and current controversial “revitalization.”
Featuring a colorful cast of characters, the talk showcases the famous sites that were once part of the “Great White Way.”

Coney Island:
Del Valle invites you to Brooklyn’s “Sodom by the Sea” where Gary Grant walked on stilts, Harpo Marx made his stage début and where the music halls ran early & late.

Other talks are available on legitimate theatres and  vaudeville.

For more information and reviews visit our Theatre Talks website.

Photo copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society

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