Temple Theatre, 413 Exchange Street, Geneva, NY

Opened January 20, 1912:

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A stage, for vaudeville, was added in 1913, with Leon Lempert Jr., as architect.

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Excerpts Moving Picture World, March 11, 1916:
“Mr. Pierce’s*  prices of admission are 10, 15 and 20 cents. He says his patrons want 80 per cent moving pictures and 20 per cent vaudeville.”

“Receiving  hints from the Strand theater, New York, Mr. Pierce has arranged his stage in an elaborate fashion and has built a $5,000 lobby. He has an orchestra of five pieces.”

“He is meeting with success in serving his high-class patrons. He will probably dispense with vaudeville entirely.”

*Frank C. Pierce, of Pierce & Nagle, proprietors of the theatre.

 

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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.

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Auditorium Theatre, 427 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles

The largest theatre west of Chicago opened its doors on November 7th 1906 with “Aida.”

The Auditorium part of a $350,000 project funded by the Temple Baptist Church and local businessmen to serve the dual purpose of providing facilities for the church and  offering Los Angeles a proper venue for entertainment.

Designed by Charles E. Whittlesey and C. R. Harris the building also  featured two smaller halls and a nine story office block.

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The  simplified Art Nouveau interior influenced by Louis Sullivan’s Auditorium in Chicago.

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From back of postcard dated “8/18/08”:

“This hall has a seating capacity of 4000, and is greatly in demand for local conventions, concerts and meetings.”

The seating is an exaggeration. The actual capacity was 2,670.

Leased to exhibitor Billy Clunes in 1914,  “The  Birth of a Nation” premiered there the following year as “The Clansman.”

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The Auditorium 

 

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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Greetings from New Orleans

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Orpheum

 

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From back of postcard:

“Canal Street and the ever growing skyline of the South’s Greatest City. This 171 foot wide thoroughfare has been termed America’s most beautiful business street. It has terrazzo paving with pink borders.”

Saenger Theatre 

Loew’s State

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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Loew’s State on Broadway

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1921-Early tinted postcard “based on a pre-opening drawing.”

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Circa 1959 with “Ben-Hur”, at the Egyptian, advertised on the readerboard.

From Back of postcard:
“The heartbeat of a busy metropolis”

State Theatre

Los Angeles Conservancy

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, Volume I.

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Broadway Theatre, Derry, N. H.

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A brief history of the Broadway Theatre from Derry Revisited by By Richard Holmes and William Dugan, Arcadia Publishing 2005:

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“The Broadway Theater first opened around 1913 and soon became the entertainment center for the town. The door to the left of the arch led to a poolroom and bowling alleys. At the time of this photograph, the featured film was Good Little Devil, with Mary Pickford. The theatre could hold up to 400 customers.

“The name was changed to the Derry Theater in 1938 and the Plaza Cinema in 1965. The building was destroyed in a 1979 fire.”

 

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, Volume I.

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Fox Theatre (Atlanta)

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Postmarked April 5, 1935:

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From back of postcard:

“Home of the Yarab Temple, an imposing structure of Moorish architecture. The Fox Theatre in this building is one of the most beautiful theatres in the country.  Contains the largest stage in the world, being four feet wider than the famous Roxy in New York City. Seating capacity 5,000.”

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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, legendary theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle has been conducting a popular series of  theatre talks and walks. Currently accepting bookings for 2017:  historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

He has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

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.

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Mark Strand Theatre

“One of the most wonderful theatres in the world”

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Back of postcard

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While the card is dated 1947, the film on the marquee, Valley of the Giants, was released in August 1919. The Strand opened August 30th, of that year,  with The World and Its Women.

Theatre Talks has joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours of The Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District, Saturdays December 3, December 10, December 17 starting at 11 am.

 

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.

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