Coney Island Ask the Experts

Coney Island USA Events

Saturday, August 6, 5:00 pm

Ask The Experts:

Cezar Del Valle
Author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III

In this lively presentation, Del Valle explores a forgotten aspect of Coney Island history–theatre.
He will discuss not only the architecture, of which very few buildings are still extant, but also the entertainment culture going back to the late 1800s.

Talk is Included with Museum Admission. $5 for Adults,
$3 for Seniors, Kids (under 12) and residents of Zip Code 11224, at the door.

Coney Island Museum

1208 Surf Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11224

Email: museum@coneyisland.com

Review of January 2015 talk

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Loew’s Coney Island

 

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.

Selling  on Etsy and Amazon

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Paramount’s “All-Talking” Coney Island Ballyhoo

Exhibitors Herald-World, September 27, 1930:

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Motion Picture Projectionist, August 1930:
“What is probably the first talking sign of its kind ever erected has been installed on the Coney Island boardwalk by the Brooklyn Paramount.

“It measures 180 feet in length by 28 feet in height and stands 75 feet from the ground. The sign will be in operation for several hours every afternoon and evening during the summer season.

“Loud speakers are used with announcers and will be supervised from a house in the rear, Announcements can be heard for a half mile and the sign can be seen for at least three-quarters of a mile.”

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

Paradise Lost on Surf Avenue

 Sunday July 12, 2015, 11am
Cezar Del Valle, author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III, hosts the
cHURCH OF MONICA (Open Source Gallery) and discusses his new book about the history of Coney Island theatre.

Surf Avenue and West 17 Street, Coney Island

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In 1906, the Johnstown Flood replaced by a new Herbert A. Bradwell production–The Deluge

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Fredonia Censor, February 21, 1906:
“In it Mr. Bradwell undertakes no less a task than to portray in mechanical effect the great imagery of the Immortal  Milton, when in Book XI, ‘Paradise Lost,’ he describes ‘The Deluge.’ ”

The Deluge Scene II

The Deluge Scene II

Fredonia Censor, February 21, 1906:
“The big auditorium will be the same as the Johnstown Flood, but the stage will be largely increased. Real water, steam and electric current in great profusion will be used throughout and it is safe to say that the ‘Deluge’ will be one of the big talk creators at Coney Island next summer.”

The Deluge, Scene V

The Deluge, Scene V

Top Photo: Glimpses of the New Coney Island, 1904
Next Two: Staley’s Views of Coney Island, 1907

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 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.

 

 

 

 

Loew’s Oriental Theatre 1832 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, February 18, 1928:

“Again the luxury of the East in the theatre. In design as well as in name, Loew’s new Brooklyn house is emphatically Oriental.”

babypeggy“The unique front of the Oriental, impressive in its novelty, it observes
the principles of economy and of art as well.”

oriental2 (Medium)_pe (Medium)“An elegant, even gorgeous nook where patrons may loiter as voluptuously as they might  be in Bagdad.”

oriental1 (Medium)“The auditorium from the stage, with everyone of the 2,800 seats in undistorted  view of the screen.”

Oriental3“View of auditorium, showing the stage. One notices a variety of ideas Oriental,
even unto Ancient Egyptian and medieval Moslem.”

Convenience plus beauty is the achievement of H. G. Wiseman, the Oriental’s designer.

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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 This includes a Times Square talk or walk.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III

Announcing  publication of

The Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III
Coney Island including Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach

Available on Amazon* or from the Author

coneyThe first two volumes chosen 2010 Outstanding Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society

*For those in the UK

Cezar Del Valle is available for theatre talks and walks in 2014-15: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

 

Under Two Flags at the Stone Theatre, 389 Stone Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

With the third and concluding volume of the Brooklyn Theatre Index nearing its publication, we will be featuring during the month of September, borough performance spaces on our various web logs and sites.

The Stone Theatre promotes Priscilla Dean in “Under Two Flags.”

Universal Weekly, December 30, 1922:

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“The Stone Theatre, Brooklyn, prepared a special illuminated lobby display which showed Priscilla Dean on horseback with a very pretty sunrise effect in the background. The entire front of the house was gaily decorated with flags of all nations.
“Narrow snipes with an arrow pointing toward the theatre and the words “This way to see Priscilla Dean in ‘Under Two Flags’ were posted on curbstones at regular intervals for an area of a half mile about the Stone.
“Mr. Rinzler, owner of the Stone, was well pleased with the results of his work.

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

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2014-15, historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.