Zombie Bally Live at the Princess Theatre, Montreal, Canada

Motion Picture Herald, November 12, 1932

zombiePPH1_pe“Take a good look at the grand front Thomas [Cleary] engineered for ‘White Zombie,’  and if you all don’t agree it’s a cuckoo then our eyes have gone back on us. Cost a bit, to be sure, but when results are taken into consideration, it’s nothing to get cold feet about.

“Lest the photo does not reproduce to full advantage, a false turret-like top portion of a castle was built about the marquee, flooded at night time with a bank of blue lights that produced a weird effect. The seven ‘Zombie’ characters standing at different points on the marquee were ‘live’ and caused a lot of comment from passers-by below on the street.

“Note the compoboard, or whatever was used to fashion the house effect, was blocked off to resemble masonry, and the cutout letters reading ‘The House of the Living Dead.’

“A nice piece of work and once again we congratulate Tom Cleary for his showmanlike ideas.”


Cezar 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.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc





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