Summer Greetings from the Old Bay State

Movies and dancing at Bournehurst-on-the-Canal:

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“It had a short life, but for fourteen summers, Bournehurst-on-the-Canal in Buzzards Bay was the place to to hear top-name jazz bands.”

“Bournehurst was also home to other kinds of entertainment. In addition to its ballroom, it was used as a movie theater.”

Cape Cod Jazz: From Colombo to the Columns by John A. Baslie

 

Postmarked July 30, 1909:

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Written on back:

“Weather awful hot. Rather glad I’m leaving soon.”–Lu

 

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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St. Paul Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota

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From back of postcard:
“The Auditorium of St. Paul is the first and only building in the world which has been equipped with the peculiar devices which provide for its almost instantaneous transformation from a theatre to a great public hall, a city block in length.

“As a theatre, utilizing one-third of the space, the building seats 3,200 people; as a public auditorium it seats 10,000 people.”

Sheldon Aubut’s Saint Paul History:

Photo Copyright 1907 by T. W. Ingersoll

Published by Wright, Barrett & Stilwell Company, St. Paul, Minn.

Postmarked May 2, 1911:

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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 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.

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Parsons’ Theatre, Hartford

Postmarked January 5, 1906:

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Don’t know about Nell and the Cradle. As for Parsons’–

Hartford Courant, February 5, 2014:
“The jewel in Hartford’s theatrical crown was Parsons [sic] Theater located at the  junction of Prospect Street and American (Central) Row. For more than three decades beginning in the 1890s, it not only presented touring shows, but like the Shubert, New York-bound shows, too.”   

 

Postcard 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.

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.

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Rockland Theatre, Rockland, Maine

“Keith’s Vaudeville” and “refined photo plays” at the Rockland Theatre.

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Postmarked August 24, 1915

Rockland Historical Society:
“The Rockland Theatre was located at 12 Park Street. It became the Park Theatre in 1921 and the Knox Theatre in 1952. The building was torn down in 1962.”

 

Postcard 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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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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2nd Avenue Theatre 35 – 37 Second Avenue, New York, NY

David Kessler’s 2nd Avenue Theatre  made its debut on September 14, 1911,  the first of the playhouses to open along the “Yiddish Rialto.”

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Back of Postcard:
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Cezar Del Valle will be conducting  walking tours of the Yiddish Rialto for Local Expeditions beginning Sunday, November 27, 2016

 

Legendary theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle is 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.

Selling  on Etsy and Amazon