November 9, 2013 Walking Tour: Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District

Theatre for a New Audience

presents a special

walking tour of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District

With Theatre Historian Cezar Del Valle

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Reservations Required

email or call 212-229-2819×31

Meet in front of BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Includes interiors of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, BAM Harvey, and the new Polonsky Shakespeare Center


“Come honor Brooklyn’s history and celebrate our new home with a portable soiree. Theatre for a New Audience is offering a walking tour led by historian Cezar Del Valle, author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volumes I and II. He will guide participants through Downtown Brooklyn’s theatrical past, present and future.

The tour will start in front of BAM Howard Gilman Opera House and end at the Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky’s Shakespeare Center. We will be making stops at the BAM Harvey and at historical sites of theatres past. We hope to see you there!”

“Special thanks to Sharon Lehner, BAM Archivist, for her help in researching and organizing this tour.”

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.





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

Since 1995, I have presented theatre talks and walks. It has been a long and often enjoyable run. However it has also interfered (time-wise) with my creative work as an artist.

This year I decided to focus my attention on the art, pushing the theatres into background. Don’t know yet what this means to the walks, talks, blogs and websites operated under the Theatre Talks banner.

June 3, 2012 walk of the Jewish Rialto for the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative (L.E.S.P.I.)

“The tour, led by theater historian Cezar Del Valle, was phenomenal!   Cezar shared his encyclopedic knowledge of theater lore, history, and gossip.”L.E.S.P.I.

Above photos by 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.

National Theatre, 111 East Houston Street, New York

The National will be one of the sites featured on my Footsteps of Yiddish Theater walking tour for the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation on Sunday, June 8, 2012, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It is free but reservations required: RSVP to or call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35

 Meeting location available upon registration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The New York Clipper, October 5, 1912:
The new Adler-Thomashefsky National Theatre, on Houston Street and Second Avenue, opened in a blaze of glory on Tuesday night, September 24. The house was taxed to its capacity  besides there were many people standing.
On this occasion Boris Thomashefsky appeared in three acts of “Blind Love,” by Z. Libin;  Jacob P. Adler was seen as Shylock, in the last act of “The Merchant of Venice,” and David Kessler was seen as Schlomele Charlatan, in the second act of the play bearing that name.
“This house has about 1,700 seats, and was built by Louis Minsky and Max D. Steuer. It is a beautiful theatre with beautiful decorations, a roomy lobby and imposing front on Houston Street, facing Second Avenue.”

Photo of the national in the 1940s when it featured Yiddish vaudeville and “the latest in Jewish talking pictures”–“complete change every Friday” (part of the Theatre Talks LLC collection).

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

Lost Stages of the Lower East Side

 Lost Stages of the Lower East Side

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Cezar Del Valle will be conducting a walking tour for the

Lower East Side History Project

$20 per person, RSVP not required

Meet Outside of the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery

Subway: F train to 2nd Avenue

More Information: 347-465-7767

“Critics Pick”–Time Out New York