Saturday, July 22, 2017
Brought to you by Coney Island U.S.A.
Included with Museum Admission. $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors, Kids (under 12) and residents of Zip Code 11224, at the door. Free for Members of Coney Island USA!
Step right up, for the greatest show along the Midway!
As noted theatre historian Cezar Del Valle returns... yet again
to Coney Island USA
On a frigid Saturday afternoon, in 2015, theatre historian Cezar Del Valle spoke before a full house at Coney Island USA. He returns this summer with a new collection of stories and images.
From its beginnings as a wealthy seaside resort, to its reign as a "nickel empire", the vaudeville houses, concert saloons, and early film shows of Coney Island helped to shape American culture.
The Island served as a training ground for a generation of entertainers, where Bud Abbott worked the maze, the Marx Brothers and Al Jolson played Henderson's and the six-year-old Buster Keaton brought out the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Even Cary Grant acclimated to American culture with a short stint as a Steeple Chase stilt walker.
"To theater historian Cezar Del Valle, fortunately every corner of Coney Island conjures up a story with an all-star cast."-Gregory Haley, AIA, AICP
Cezar Del Valle is the author of "The Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III Coney Island Including Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach",