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.

Now selling on Etsy and Amazon

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Theatre Talks Returns to WordPress

After a brief hiatus, Theatre Talks returns to WordPress with news and updates since our last posting of November 20, 2014.

Amusing the Zillion reviews The Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III

 

2015-01-19_145002_peSunday, December 14, 2014
Book Launch and Talk: The Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III
440 Gallery, 440 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Review: Travalanche
Photograph: copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved

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Saturday, January 10. 2015
Book Reading and Signing: The Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III
Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Review: Coney Island Blog
Photograph: Karen Seiger

New Required Coney Island Reading
The Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III is now available at the Coney Island USA Gift Shop.
Their website has not been updated but the book is available. Please ask.

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.

 

 

 

 

Theatre Talks 2014-15

Need a special presentation for your organization? Cezar Del Valle has created a series of popular illustrated talks ideal for historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Digital Projector is Needed

Mindful of the budgetary constraints facing most non-profits, Del Valle is willing to discuss fees.

Chatting with the audience before his talk at the Brooklyn Collection, Central library.

Chatting with the audience before his talk at the Brooklyn Collection, Central Library.

Matinée Memories:
The most popular and requested talk covers not only the historical and architectural development of the “neighborhood” movie house, but also the role it played during the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War. Various stage novelties such as Bank Night, Dish Night, Crooner Contests, dance competitions and beauty pageants are also discussed.

This talk  customized to feature a particular region.

Movie Palace Grandeur:
During the “Golden Age of Hollywood”, the major studios constructed large-scale movie palaces of extraordinary architectural beauty. Audiences could escape into a fantasy world beyond their wildest dreams of luxury and gilded glamor.
This presentation highlights the largest and most opulent of these theatres.

The talk customized to feature Art Deco.

Times Square:
The world-renowned center of New York entertainment, from the summit of its celebrity to the district’s eventual decline and current controversial “revitalization.”
Featuring a colorful cast of characters, the talk showcases the famous sites that were once part of the “Great White Way.”

Coney Island:
Del Valle invites you to Brooklyn’s “Sodom by the Sea” where Gary Grant walked on stilts, Harpo Marx made his stage début and where the music halls ran early & late.

Other talks are available on legitimate theatres and  vaudeville.

For more information and reviews visit our Theatre Talks website.

Photo copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society

Theatre Walks 2014-2015

Award winning author, Cezar Del Valle has had many years of experience developing and leading walking tours of New York’s theatrical and cultural districts.

Mindful of the budgetary constraints facing most non-profits, Del Valle is willing to discuss fees.

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January 8, 2012 walking tour for the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP)
“Your amount of historic knowledge was nothing short of incredible”
-Dana Schulz, Program and Administrative Associate, GVSHP

Times Square:
Explore the “Crossroads of the World” to discover some of the lesser known sites along the “Great White Way.”

Lower East Side:
Five walks are available of New York City’s former melting pot of the immigrant working class.

Introductory Walk(s)
Three tours offer a basic introduction to the neighborhood’s showbiz past from immigrant theatre to off-off-Broadway and early television.

Yiddish Rialto
Stroll Second Avenue as Del Valle relates tales of Adler, Picon, Thomashefsky and other greats of the Yiddish stage.

Bowery
The colorful, salty history of the Bowery, once alive with Yiddish, Italian and Chinese theatres, vaudeville houses, dime museums, concert saloons and early film venues.

Downtown Brooklyn:
A former hub of theatrical activity, downtown Brooklyn is currently enjoying a rebirth with the development of the new BAM Cultural District.

Coney Island:
Del Valle invites you to Brooklyn’s “Sodom by the Sea” where Gary Grant walked on stilts, Harpo Marx made his stage début and where the music halls ran early & late.

Visit our Theatre Talks website for information and reviews.

Above photo copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Book of the year by the Theatre Historical Society. 

“Judy Garland Clicks at Loews”, 1939

Excerpts from the New York Post, April 18, 1939:
“Judy Garland has become the heroine of the Loew circuit. While some ‘personal appearances’ of movie stars do less than good for the star’s popularity, Judy’s visit with her New York fans has increased her standing a hundredfold, says Loew’s executives.”

“The other night, while making a ten-minute-visit to Loew’s Jersey City Theatre, Judy was greeted by 4,000 fans who filled the theatre. And-over 1,500 fans who crowded the lobby couldn’t get in.

Jersey

Loew’s Jersey, photo copyright Betty Sword

“After her show in the theatre, Judy learning of the disappointed crowd in the lobby, sung her entire repertoire to the standees from a foyer balcony. She made 1,500 new friends instantly–plus one worried theatre manager, George Dumond of Loew’s.”

“At Loew’s 175th Street Theatre, Manhattan, Judy’s fans got beyond even police control. When the riot was over Judy’s hat was gone–and it was a brand new one. Judy laughed it off and offered her autograph and $10 dollars to the admirer who took it and would return the hat. So far she hasn’t gotten it back.”

Loew's Paradise, copyright Betty Sword

Loew’s Paradise, copyright Betty Sword

“At Loew’s Paradise, even husky policemen helped handle the crowds–and missed Judy’s performance. Hearing of it, through a timid remark of one of the cops, Judy volunteered to sing for them. The eleven cops, in a dressing room back stage, heard Judy sing for them alone!

“At the State Theatre, where she is now appearing, Judy is doing extra shows without a murmur. She broke the matinée opening record on Thursday–over 6,000 admissions before 1 P.M. ‘It must be Mickey Rooney on the screen’ is Judy’s modest explanation.”

Loew’s Jersey

Photographs,  copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2014 historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

 

 

Theatre Walks and Talks 2014

From Victorian opera houses to opulent movie palaces, Cezar Del Valle offers a series of entertaining and informative theatre talks and walking tours.

east_peCurrently accepting bookings for 2014, historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

New Walks and talks added for 2014:

Haunted Theatres for October
Holidays Past for December

“Versatile and effective in his well crafted presentations.”–Tuesday Evening Hour

“The presentation was wonderful. Thanks for coming.”–Kelly & Linda, Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council

“Our open meeting was a full-to-capacity event. Guest speaker Cezar Del Valle, a theatre historian from the New York Council for the Humanities gave an exquisite presentation.”–The Richmond Hill Historical Society

Above photograph:

The Village East Cinema, part of June 3, 2012 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, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society.

 

 

 

 

 

BRIC Arts Media House in the Former Strand Theatre

theatre 325 copyOn October 5, 2013, the BRIC Arts Media House became the latest addition to the burgeoning Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. Based in the remains of the former Strand Theatre, BRIC is a “multidisciplinary arts and media non-profit dedicated to presenting visual, performing, and media arts programs.” The publicity surrounding its opening often included a fabricated history of the Strand describing it as a former variety house where Charlie Chaplin and Harry Houdini once performed.  Why this was necessary is unclear.

Originally operated by the Mitchel H. Mark Realty Company, the Strand opened August 30, 1919 as a movie house designed by noted theatre architect Thomas Lamb (Job Book #1390).

The New York Clipper, September 3, 1919:

“The design throughout the new theatre is Pompeian block, gold, bronze  and green are the predominating colors. The marble lobby and stairway were banked with roses, cut flowers and potted plants Friday night, the gifts of the management’s many friends.”

The Brooklyn Eagle, August 10, 1919:

“The policy of the Brooklyn Strand, like the Stand in Manhattan, will be a continuous performance daily from noon to 11:30pm, presenting a varied program of classical and popular music and photo-dramas.”

The opening musical program featured Grace Hoffman (coloratura soprano), H.C. Smith & Frank S. Adams alternating in playing the Coronation March on the pipe organ, and excerpts from La Boheme by the house orchestra, followed by the screen presentation.

 New York Clipper, August 27, 1919:

“The latest Goldwyn production, with Geraldine Farrar, ‘The World and Its Women,’ will be the feature. In addition the program will include Travel Scenics, Education Studies, Topical Revue, Topics of the Day and a new comedy.”

The Strand deserves recognition as a movie palace and does not need a fabricated past to celebrate its history.

Photograph, BRIC Arts Media, November 2013,  copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2014.

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