Relax and See A Good Movie

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Postmarked Mar 13, 1922
Written on the back:
“How’s this for a theatre? It really is very nice.”

American Theatre

 

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

 

 

 

 

Premiere Night at the Carthay Circle

Carthay Circle Theatre, 6316 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Opened  May 18, 1926 with Cecil B. DeMille’s Pictures “The Volga Boatman”.
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On back of postcard:
“Carthay Circle Theatre, scene of many a gala Premiere, where throngs of movie fans collect to see the celebrities attending.”

Final film: The Shoes of the Fisherman
Demolished in 1969

 

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  and Amazon.

Postcard Empire Theatre, 137 Main Street, Lewiston, ME

Opened in November 1903 with Raymond Hitchcock in “The Yankee Consul.”

Demolished in 2005.

Empire theatre

We have an extra postcard of the Empire available on Etsy

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 theTheatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015-2016: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Richmond, the Capital of the South

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The Mosque Auditorium

Excerpts From Back of Postcard:
“This beautiful 4,000 seat civic auditorium is the pride of the city.”
“The celebrated Wurlitzer Pipe Organ is a popular feature of the theatre.”

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The Byrd Theatre

Excerpts from Back of Postcard:
“This beautiful motion picture theatre recalls an Italian opera house in the elegant and flamboyant Rococo Style.”
“The theatre was declared an historic landmark by the Commonwealth of Virginia
and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.”

Altria Theatre (former Mosque Auditorium)

Byrd Theatre

Theatre Historical Society 2015 Conclave Tour, Richmond, Virginia June 23-27, 2015

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 theTheatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015-2016: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Greetings from Downtown Albuquerque

img645From back of postcard:
“Central Ave., looking west from Santa Fé. R. R. Viaduct, Albuquerque, N.Mex.”

In the background is the vertical for the Kimo Theatre

kimoFrom back of postcard:
“The colorful Kimo building in downtown Albuquerque, done inside and out in Indian motif,
is of interest to all new-comers.”

Card postmarked Nov. 23, 1954

Kimo Theatre

Across the Wide Missouri

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 theTheatre 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.

Verticals Along West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee

Postmarked March 24, 1948

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“From the Lincoln Memorial Bridge near the Lakefront, Wisconsin Avenue extends westward through downtown Milwaukee, over the massive viaduct and finally to the beautiful residential district, a distance of more than six miles.”

 

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.

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

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Postcards from New York Movie Houses

Mailers sent by movie houses long vanished from the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

This is what you missed at the:

Waldorf Theatre, postmarked October, 1939:

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“Hit No. 3” is not  a live performance but a short subject lasting about 10 min

And at the Schuyler Theatre, postmarked August 29, 1941:

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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.