Thompson’s Moving Pictures, Rockaway Beach


“In 1913, [LaMarcus Adna] Thompson made a brief foray into the motion picture industry by acquiring the American rights to a screen that could be used in an ‘ordinary theatre either by day or night.’

An unsuccessful demonstration at Newark, New Jersey followed by an installation at Rockaway Beach, next to L.A. Thompson’s Scenic Railway” [more].
Theatre Talks [Cezar Del Valle] Received credit in the following textbook published in 2015. Provided Professor Freund with a copy of the above postcard.



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.

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.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2016: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.


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