From the Gaiety in London

Gaiety Theatre
Aldwych, London, Westminster, WC2, England

The Daily News Wallet Series, circa 1925 (postally unused):

London From Theatres Trust:
Built 1903
Dates of Use: 1903-1939
Current State: Demolished’

“The successor to Gaiety (i) (q.v.) was built on a corner site between the new cut of the Aldwych and the newly widened Strand. It opened in 1903 under George Edwardes’s management, continuing the musical comedy policy of the old house and presenting its established stars, including Gertie Miller, Connie Ediss, Ada Reeve and George Grossmith Junior, ensuring that the new house would be a success from the start.”

 

Crowdfunding Research

The Cinema Theatre Association (CTA) have asked me to speak at their monthly meeting in London. March 28th, 2020. This is my first overseas talk. It will add to my reputation as a theatre historian.
I have started a GoFundMe campaign to extend my stay, conducting research and visiting historic theatres.
Research will be used for future talks, essays, articles, etc. The theatres visited recorded and shared on social media.
Funds collected will go directly to travel within the UK, accommodations, food and everyday expenses.

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Greetings from the Granite State

Colonial Theatre, Main Street, Bethleheim, NH
Postally Unused

Colonial (Large)

Built in 1915, the Colonial is one of the oldest continously operating movie theatres in the United States.

Colonial Theatre

 

The Gem Theatre, Berlin, NH
Postmarked September 12, 1916

Gem (Large)

Written on the back:
“Dear Mame, We are at Berlin NH tonight Mame & Jim”
Addressed to M A Drinkwater, Bangor, Maine

Built in 1909, the Gem “lasted about fourteen years.”

Berlin Theatre

 

Postcards part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

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.

Private walks also available.

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 seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition

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Greetings from Hollywood

Two large size postcards of the Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California.

Grauman’s, contemporary  postcard, postally unused:

Hollywood

Back of postcard:
“Construction of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre nears completion as shown here in 1927.”
“Published and Distributed by Olde Tyme Photo Cards, Los Angeles”

 

Ted Mann purchased the theater in 1973 , postally unused:

Manns

Back of postcard:
“Inspired by a trip to China, showmen Sid Grauman built the Chinese Theatre to host extravagant premieres for his pictures, The courtyard is the world’s largest autograph book, boasting the signatures and foot prints of Hollywood legends both past and present.”
“Designed and printed by The Postcard Factory”

On January 11, 2013, Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL Corporation purchased the facility’s naming rights, under which it is officially known as TCL Chinese Theatre.

TLC Chinese Theatres

Hollywood Footprints

 

Postcards part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

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.

Private walks also available.

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 seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition

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Roxy on Granby Street

The Film Daily, “Theater Openings”, April 9, 1938:
“Norfolk–Roxy, 432 seats (4-4-38), Granby St.; Builder: W. T. Gregory & Co.; Architect: Ben Speigel; House Manger: S. J. Gates.”

Muni

Postmarked: Aug 14 1940
Written on back:
“Having a good time was married Monday still traveling Best Fred”

On the marquee: Paul Muni in The Woman I Love

 

Fonda

 

Postally unused

Printed on back:
“View of the downtown business section, Norfolk, Va., looking northward along Granby Street from City Hall Avenue.”

“Kodachrome by Clark A. Brandenburg”

On the marquee: Henry Fonda in Blockade

 

Postcards part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

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.

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 seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition

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Greetings from Coney Island

A scenic railway on Surf Avenue, postmarked August 23, 1912:

Dublin

On back:
“It is a lovely ride on the boat here.”

To the right of the Rocky Road is the Prospect Hotel, one of the many movie shows along “Flicker Alley” :

Prospect

Postally unused

Coney Island Museum, Saturday, June 29, 5pm:
Ask the Experts: Cezar Del Valle – Son of Coney Island Goes to the Movies

 

Postcards part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

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.

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.

Updated third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index will be published in 2019

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Interior Ford’s Theatre, Washington D. C.

Ford_pe

From back of postcard:
“The restored interior of Ford’s Theatre, showing the flag draped Presidential Box, as it was the night of Lincoln’s assassination, April 14, 1865.”

Postally Used

Ford’s Theatre

 

Postcards part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

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.

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.

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Brooklyn Academy of Music

BAM

 

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BAM1BAM2

BAM

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Brooklyn Academy of Music

 

Postcards part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

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.

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.

AboutMe

Goodreads

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