Paradise Lost on Surf Avenue

 Sunday July 12, 2015, 11am
Cezar Del Valle, author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III, hosts the
cHURCH OF MONICA (Open Source Gallery) and discusses his new book about the history of Coney Island theatre.

Surf Avenue and West 17 Street, Coney Island

floodjohmstown

In 1906, the Johnstown Flood replaced by a new Herbert A. Bradwell production–The Deluge

deluge

Fredonia Censor, February 21, 1906:
“In it Mr. Bradwell undertakes no less a task than to portray in mechanical effect the great imagery of the Immortal  Milton, when in Book XI, ‘Paradise Lost,’ he describes ‘The Deluge.’ ”

The Deluge Scene II

The Deluge Scene II

Fredonia Censor, February 21, 1906:
“The big auditorium will be the same as the Johnstown Flood, but the stage will be largely increased. Real water, steam and electric current in great profusion will be used throughout and it is safe to say that the ‘Deluge’ will be one of the big talk creators at Coney Island next summer.”

The Deluge, Scene V

The Deluge, Scene V

Top Photo: Glimpses of the New Coney Island, 1904
Next Two: Staley’s Views of Coney Island, 1907

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

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy

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