2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 910 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people.

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Happy and Prosperous 1914 from the Gem

Postally unused promotional postcard from the Gem Theatre, announcing its “annual calendar.”

 

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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.

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.

5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Ornate movie palace opening September 24, 1926 with a Fanchon & Marco stage presentation, Lipshultz and His Syncopated Soloist, plus the feature film Young April.

The elaborate interior decorations, by Gustav F. Lijestrom, modeled after three of Imperial China’s most spectacular architectural achievements.

1940 Postcard with Strange Cargo on the marquee:

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Contemporary postcard of the interior (photo copyright Dick Busher):

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On back:
“Originally built in 1926, the 5th Avenue Theatre was one of Seattle’s leading movie theatres until the mid 1970s. In 1980, after an extensive $2.6 million renovation, The 5th Avenue emerged as Seattle’s newest performing arts facility, and is now home  to The 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company.”

The 5th Avenue Theatre

360 Degree Tour

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.

Opera House, Virginia City, Montana

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From back of postcard:
“Stage coach ride, historic Virginia City, Montana. Popular trip from the original Bale of Hay Saloon to the top of Boot Hill.”

The tonsorial misadventures of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber, adapted to the stage several times since first appearing as the penny dreadful The String of Pearls (1846-1847).

The Virginia City Players

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.

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.

Roxy, Northampton, Pennsylvania

Real photo postcard of the Roxy

img714_peFrom back of postcard:
“Opened August 31, 1933, featuring motion pictures and vaudeville, this Art Deco Theatre designed by prominent Philadelphia Theatre Architect David Supowitz, is an excellent example of the effort taken to bring the glamour and excitement of Hollywood to America’s small towns. Photo by Tim Burger.”

Roxy

Sleepless in Seattle

Gift to the Theatre Talks Collection from Ken Roe of the Cinema Theatre Association.

Postcards are 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.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Theatrical and Shopping District, Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk 1Clara Bow in Hula (1927) is at the NorVa Theatre

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Audrey Hepburn in The Nun’s Story (1959) at the NorVa Theatre

The Loew’s State is now the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center.

Postcards are 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.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605

Two postcards of the theatre in the Auditorium Building, designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler.

“The greatest room for music and opera in the world – bar none”
– Frank Lloyd Wright

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From back of postcard:

“The Auditorium Theatre occupies one of the most fireproof structures for Theatre purposes. It has a seating capacity of 3700 people. It is one of the leading Theatres and is located on Congress Street, near Michigan Boulevard, within 5 minutes walk of the leading hotels.”

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Auditorium Theatre

Postcards are 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.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.