Beware the Lumnious Man in Dallas!

Universal Weekly, February 8, 1936:

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“Just take a look at the front on ‘The Invisible Ray’ designed by Louis Charninsky, Managing Director, Capitol Theatre, Dallas.

“There are no less than eight outstanding exploitation features represented, each would do any showman proud.

“At the extreme left is an electrical display, set up through the cooperation of the Dallas Light and Power Co. and the Southern Methodist University physics department. High voltage transformers, placed on a table behind plate glass for protection, produced jumping sparks.  Warning and explanatory signs added to the intrigue.

“The mechanical man, and ballyhoo man, dressed in metallic helmet and cloth cape similar to that worn by Karloff in picture, were used for an entire week around town and out front.

“The ‘invisible fish’ display followed  along the lines suggested in the pressbook, using clear water with a sign explaining the presence of invisible fish and asking the people to look for them.

“At the right side is a telescope focused on poster mounted on adjoining building. Behind Charninsky, looking through the telescope, is ‘The Luminous Man’ poster, available at all Universal Branches.

“Notice the 24-sheet poster cut-out above the front, and the six-sheet cut-outs on either side, in which red and green flashers were used behind the eyes.

“Charninsky, to interest the chemistry and physics students in the high schools and colleges, held a special invitation preview for the instructors who were asked to tell their students about the scientific angle of the picture.

“Newspaper ads and displays in windows around town played up the scientific angle.”

The Invisible Ray

 

 

Since 1997, legendary theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle has been conducting a popular series of  theatre talks and walks. Currently accepting bookings for 2017:  historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

He has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

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.

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The Mummy Comes to Life in Paterson

Universal Weekly, March 25, 1933:

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“Edward Helwig, who manages the Rivoli Theatre in Paterson, N. J., believes in plenty of showmanship ballyhoo. This is clearly evidenced by his fine exploitation for ‘The Mummy.’

“Two giant cut-out heads of Karloff were used on top of the marquee with the star’s name and picture title in large cut-out letters. Under the marquee the front was decorated with cut-outs and flash shadow boxes.

“An amplifier was hooked up in the lobby with connection to the projection booth and the punch dialogue of the picture was carried to the street. The horn was concealed and the volume turned down so as to stir the curiosity of passerby.

“The local Rosicrucian Society was contracted and  letter of endorsement from the leader published in the newspaper.”

The Mummy

Rivoli Theatre

 

 

Since 1996, legendary theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle has been conducting a popular series of  theatre talks and walks. Currently accepting bookings for 2017:  historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

He has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

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.

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Rundown to First Run on 3rd Ave.

Motion Picture Herald, June 7, 1952:

“In remodeling a 600-seat theatre on New York’s bustling but dingy Third Avenue, which is roofed by Manhattan’s only remaining elevated railroad, Walter Reade Theatres has used a highly selective method to give the property a brighter, ‘modern’ aspect and to improve traffic conditions on a modest budget.”

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The “antiquated” Arcadia at 933 Third Avenue

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“Conventional box-office before remodeling.”

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“Ticket counter in the new lobby.”

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“Front of the Baronet theatre…after modernization. The window on the left was formerly that of a candy store, now the foyer.”

 

Since 1996, legendary theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle has been conducting a popular series of  theatre talks and walks. Currently accepting bookings for 2017:  historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

He has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

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.

An Exciting Night at the Old Meralta

Excerpts from Motion Picture Herald, July 22, 1939:

“Here is an example of a striking transformation in the old Meralta theatre in Los Angeles, which incidentally was completed in seventeen days.”

night1_pe  “The “Front of the Meralta before remodeling. and the auditorium shortly after the work  had started.”

 

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“Above and below, the front and auditorium of the Meralta after modernization.”

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Ride a Crooked Mile

His Exciting Night

 

Since 1996, legendary theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle has been conducting a popular series of  theatre talks and walks. Currently accepting bookings for 2017:  historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

He has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

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.

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A Miracle Provides the Longest Line in 32 Years

Motion Picture Herald, October 18, 1952:

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Center Theatre, Buffalo

“The opening of Warner’s ‘Miracle of Fatima’ was a gala affair, with kleig lights, lobby broadcast and society and civic leaders present, so this is the business that followed the premiere–the best in years.”

Miracle of Fatima

 

Since 1996, legendary theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle has been conducting a popular series of  theatre talks and walks. Currently accepting bookings for 2017:  historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

He has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

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.

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The Triangular Perry

Motion Picture Herald, February 4, 1939:

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“Effective utilization of a triangular building plot is exemplified by the Harris Company’s new Perry theatre, John Eberson, architect. The box office is set at the crossing of three Pittsburgh streets; the brilliant outdoor lighting and conspicuous attraction board are visible in three directions.

“The vestibule flooring reduplicates the triangular motive in four-color terrazzo…Vestibule sides are brown porcelain enamel with ivory flutings; the doors red Formica with aluminum and chrome fittings.”

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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.

He has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

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.

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Princess Shipwrecked Among Cannibals

Motion Picture News, October 16, 1920:

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“Above is shown how Harry Hart, manager of the Princess theatre of Milwaukee, exploited ‘Shipwrecked Among the Cannibals.’

“The Princess is one of the Saxe string.”

Princess Theatre

Shipwrecked Among the Cannibals

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.

He has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

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.

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