Idle Men Attend the Movies at the 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”


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.










The Hippodrome, 100 East Seventh Street, Okmulgee, OK 74447

hippodromeThe Oil and Gas News, September 23, 1920:
“One of the finest hippodromes in the country has just been completed by F. A. Young and John A. Feeney, oil men, in their home town of Okmulgee. The building was constructed at an expense of $516,000 and is called the ‘Hippodrome Amusement Palace.’ It will be formally opened Sept. 30.

“The structure has a seating capacity of 2,200 and is provided with a natatorium, a gymnasium, a dancing pavilion, a roof garden, a large cafe and a soft drink parlor, and is equipped with what is said to be the largest stage in the southwest. It will make Okmulgee a find convention city.

“At the opening, oil men from the Mid Continent will be present, the guests of Messrs. Young and Feeney.”

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.