Baby Born in Circleville

 

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Original Description:
Amusements, Circleville, Ohio

Photographer: Ben Shahn
1938

United States Farm Security Administration

Excerpts from Today in Civil Liberties History, April 11, 1938:
“Life magazine published 35 photographs from the public health education film, Birth of a  Baby. Some moralist on this day called the pictures ‘obscene.'”

“The film The Birth of a Baby, from which the photographs were taken, was banned in New York, Cincinnati, Omaha, and Lynchburg, Virginia. The New York State censorship board found the film ‘indecent,’ ‘immoral’, and likely ‘to corrupt morals.’ It did, however, approve a special license to show the film for ‘educational purposes,’ but not in ‘places of amusement.'”

 

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From The Birth of a Baby, Iconic Photos

 

Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

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.

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Going to the Movies in Elkins

Photographer: John Vachon

June 1939

United States Farm Security Administration

 

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Hippodrome Theatre
Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV

Original Description:
“There are two movies in town, both offer games of chance, win a dollar, three nights a week.”

 

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Manos Theatre
205 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV

Original Description:
“There are two movies in town, both offer games of chance three nights a week to drum up trade on slack nights.”

 

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Outside These Walls

 

 

Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Walks also available at Local Expeditions

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.

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

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Cowboy Plays the Granada

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Granada Theatre
207 E. Holland Avenue
Alpine, Texas

Photographer: Russell Lee
May 1939

United States Farm Security Administration

Original Description:
Children in front of movie theatre, Alpine, Texas

Alpine by David W. Keller:
“The Granada Theatre, built in 1929, was Alpine’s introduction to motion pictures. Eventually closed down and boarded up for decades, in 2009 the Granada was renovated and reopened as a modern performance and event center complete with an upstairs yoga studio.”

 

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Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Walks also available at Local Expeditions

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.

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

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Idle Men Attend the Movies at the Isis

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Isis Theatre, 124 W. Reno Avenue, Oklahoma City

Dorothea Lange June 1937
United States Farm Security Administration

Original Description:
“Idle men attend the morning movies. There are three such movies in one block”

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Desert Guns

The Singing Vagabond

The above photo appears on numerous websites without proper credit to Dorothea Lange

 

Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Walks also available at Local Expeditions

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.

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

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New Glades, Moor Haven, Florida

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New Glades, Moore Haven, Florida, January 1939, Marion Post Walcott photographer
United States Farm Security Administration

Boxoffice, May 29, 1937:
“Moore Haven–Mrs. Mary K. Davis of the new Glades Theatre which opened here this month has received numerous compliments on the splendid sound equipment of her theatre.”

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Pennies from Heaven

The Saint in New York

 

Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Walks also available at Local Expeditions

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.

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

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Aurora Borealis Lights Up Times Square

Universal Weekly, October 14, 1933:

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“Broadway ablaze! This mammoth electric sign covers the entire house-front of the Criterion Theatre. The letters S-O-S in the title flash on alternately. An Aurora Borealis effect is secured with irradiating  lights, and an airplane with practical propeller whirring  near the giant iceberg adds to the effect.

S-O-S Iceberg

Criterion Theatre

 

Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Walks also available at Local Expeditions

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.

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

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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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