Saturday, August 06, 2016
Brought to you by Coney Island U.S.A.
Talk is Included with Museum Admission. $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors, Kids (under 12) and residents of Zip Code 11224, at the door.
Step Up to the Greatest Show on the Midway
Cezar Del Valle returns.....again
To Coney Island USA
Join us for an illustrated talk by Cezar Del Valle, author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III.
In this lively presentation, Del Valle explores a forgotten aspect of Coney Island history--theatre. He will discuss not only the architecture, of which very few buildings are still extant, but also the entertainment culture going back to the late 1800s.
The raucous streets and alleyways once crowded with concert saloons, vaudeville houses and early film shows. The Island served as a training ground for a generation of entertainers, where Cary Grant walked on stilts, Harpo Marx made his stage debut, Bud Abbott worked the maze and the six-year-old Buster Keaton brought out the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Copies of the Index will be available.
Bio: An artist and freelance writer, Cezar Del Valle has also been actively involved in the theatre for almost forty years and has written numerous articles on theatre history.
His artwork has been exhibited at galleries, museums and art centers throughout the United States. It is part of the permanent collection of the Tampa Museum, the Kinsey Institute, and others.
Except for an appearance in an experimental Dutch short (filmed at Coney Island), Del Valle's involvement with the theatre has been largely behind the scenes. He has been a concert promoter, an American agent for British musicians, worked in public relations, and managed numerous movie houses in their final years of operation.