Idle Men Attend the Movies at the Isis

ISis

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”

guns

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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Palace Theatre, 133-135 Essex Street, New York

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Photo:  P. L. Sperr, March 13, 1932

Opened by Charles Steiner, in 1914, the Palace replaced an earlier theatre on the site.

The Evening Telegram, January 18, 1908:
“Plans have also been filed… for remodeling the stable at No. 333 Essex street for occupancy as a moving picture exhibition, the change to be made for Markowitz & Elliot. L. C. Maurer and Steiner & Weiss are the architects.”

The Evening Post, September 1, 1908:
“Plans have been filed for remodeling the moving picture amusement show at 133 Essex street into a concert hall with a stage. The change of occupancy being made for  Steiner & Weiss, lessees, and D. Felix Towns, as owner.”

Beyond the Screen: Institutions, Networks, and Publics of Early Cinema, 2016
“A pivotal figure in this M & S circuit was Charles Steiner, who had started out in 1908 around the corner from Golden Rule Hall. In 1914, his old Essex Street nickelodeon gave way to the brand-new Palace Theatre (133-135) Essex) which seated six hundred.”

Despite what appears to be posters in the above photo, the marquee advertises  Loyal Furniture (“Shop Here!”).

In 1959, the building became the first Kosher-Chinese restaurant in New York, Bernstein-on-Essex Street, “where kashrut is king and quality reigns.”

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New York World Telegram and Sun, April 22, 1966

 

 

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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Taft Theatre, 37-11 Main Street, Flushing, NY

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Photograph: Percy Loomis Sperr, 1935

The Film Daily, January 18, 1932:
“The Taft, formerly the Flushing, has reopened under the management of the Kesena Amusement Corp.”

Excerpts from the Queens Chronicle, August 24, 2006:
“Following the death of William Howard Taft in 1930, the Kissena Amusement Corporation opened a movie theater in downtown Flushing to honor the memory of the 27th President of the United States.”

“Entrepreneurs David Rosenzweig and Micheal Kay were president and vice president of the Kissena Amusement Corporation. The movie theater managed on a day to day basis by Edward Sachs.”

“Following World War II, the Taft Theater was squeezed out by its competition, the RKO Keith’s and the Prospect Theaters, and was the first Flushing theater to close its doors. The site was quickly taken over by the W. T. Grant Department Store.”

 

ladies

On the marquee:

No More Ladies

Now or Never

 

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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Roxy Theatre, 153 W. 50th Street, New York, NY 10020

Motion Picture News, September 26, 1925:Roxy“Architect’s drawing of the new Roxy (Samuel Rothapfel) theatre which is to be built between 50th and 51st Streets, on Seventh Avenue, New York City.

“According to the architect*, the theatre will be the largest in the world, with a seating capacity of  6,210**. There will be three high speed elevators to the balcony and separate and private stairways leading from foyer to loges.”

The Roxy opened on March 11, 1927 with the silent film The Love of Sunya, produced by and starring Gloria Swanson.

*Walter W. Ahlschlager
** Scaled down to 5,888

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.

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Musical Prologues at the Kinema, Los Angeles

Excerpts from Exhibitors Trade Review, March 4, 1922:

“The Kinema Theatre, one of the Gore Bros., Sol Lesser, and Adolph Ramish West Coast Theatres, Inc., chain, is giving its patrons an entirely novel form of stage presentation. Heretofore it has been the custom to create atmospheric prologues to mesh with the feature films. The new stage offerings at the Kinema are linked with music.

"The Beethoven Sonata"

“The Beethoven Sonata”

“Famous paintings of musical history have been selected as the backgrounds. A series of art slides first are shown, giving a brief history of the painting for that week. The composer after whom the painting was created is then shown via slide route and the Kinema Symphonic Orchestra then gives a brief selection from that composer’s work.

“A slide is then shown of the famous painting. Immediately afterward the curtains part, showing the exact replica of the canvass in the flesh.

"The Discovery of Handel"

“The Discovery of Handel”

“The first of the series was patterned after the famous Kreutzer Sonata of Beethoven. The second was taken from the canvass ‘The Discovery of Handel.’

“In both instances the set settings were exactly as in the canvass and the artist made up to impersonate the figures of the painting”

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