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.

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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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The Invisible Man Returns

Showmen’s Trade Review, August 3, 1940:

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“A special art front was created for the showing of Universal’s ‘The Invisible Man Returns’ at the Rialto Theatre, Dallas, Texas, by Manager Louis Charninsky, assisted by Francis Barr, in charge of publicity. The smiling gentleman at the side of the box office is not the invisible man in a state of visibility–it’s Louie himself. Note the short subjects are given a marquee plug.”

The Invisible Man Returns

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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Vampire in the Lobby Of the Loew’s

Motion Picture Herald, July 20, 1935:

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“John Newkirk, manager, Loew’s Granada, Cleveland, Ohio, placed this living model gag as the center of his advance lobby set piece on ‘Mark of the Vampire’. Gal was surrounded by cutouts of the various characters with question and answer posters on either side of the chair.”

Mark of the Vampire

 

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.

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Theatre Talks and Walks in 2016

Currently accepting bookings for theatre talks and walks in 2016: historical societies,  libraries, senior centers, etc.

Details for Independent walks will be posted in the New Year.

BCUE2July 8, 2007, Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment walking tour of Times Square.
Photo copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved

LESPIJune 3, 2012, Yiddish Rialto walking tour for the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative.
Photo copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved

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.

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

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It is a Night World in Philadelphia

Motion Picture Herald, June 25, 1932:

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“Realism and depth were obtained in a front made for ‘Night World’ by Sid Davidson, manager of the Earle Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.

“It may not be discernible in the above photo but the enlargements, at either side of entrance were used as a background for the cutouts, which were placed in front of them with space between, similar to the arrangement of wing pieces on a stage.

“And how do you like the attractively cut title letters, and the two pairs of crossed legs?”

Enjoy some pre-code fun with choreography by Busby Berkeley:

 

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.

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

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2016: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc

Now selling  on Etsy and Amazon