Coney Island Ask the Experts

Coney Island USA Events

Saturday, August 6, 5:00 pm

Ask The Experts:

Cezar Del Valle
Author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III

In this lively presentation, Del Valle explores a forgotten aspect of Coney Island history–theatre.
He will discuss not only the architecture, of which very few buildings are still extant, but also the entertainment culture going back to the late 1800s.

Talk is Included with Museum Admission. $5 for Adults,
$3 for Seniors, Kids (under 12) and residents of Zip Code 11224, at the door.

Coney Island Museum

1208 Surf Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11224

Email: museum@coneyisland.com

Review of January 2015 talk

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Loew’s Coney Island

 

Legendary theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle celebrating 20 years of theatre talks and walks, 1996-2016. Currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.  Details of independent walks will be published this fall.

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.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

Selling  on Etsy and Amazon

Paramount’s “All-Talking” Coney Island Ballyhoo

Exhibitors Herald-World, September 27, 1930:

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Motion Picture Projectionist, August 1930:
“What is probably the first talking sign of its kind ever erected has been installed on the Coney Island boardwalk by the Brooklyn Paramount.

“It measures 180 feet in length by 28 feet in height and stands 75 feet from the ground. The sign will be in operation for several hours every afternoon and evening during the summer season.

“Loud speakers are used with announcers and will be supervised from a house in the rear, Announcements can be heard for a half mile and the sign can be seen for at least three-quarters of a mile.”

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

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

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

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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