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Dale Carter is a native Missourian, born in St. Louis and he also lived in Moberly and Cape Girardeau. In Moberly, Dale had his first theater job, popping corn at the 4th Street Theatre in 1945-46. Later he ushered and was back-up projectionist at the suburban St. Louis Gem, and in 1950, the assistant manager at the 800-seat art deco first-run Esquire Theatre in Cape Girardeau. A business graduate of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Dale cruised around the world while serving as a Navy junior communications officer aboard an aircraft carrier. He was employed by Safeco Insurance Company for 38 years in St. Louis and Chicago before moving to Seattle in 1970. His last position was manager, employee training and development. Dale is a member of Theatre Historical Society. He contributed to Marquee in several capacities as editor or in layout and proofreading of 20 issues. Dale and Annon Adams were 2004 Members of the Year. He continues to serve on the THS Publications Committee. Dale is retired and now enjoys independent living in a suburban Seattle retirement community where he is active as a local volunteer.
Carolee Hazlet was born in Madison, Wisconsin, moved to Los Angeles, California at age 3. After High School attended Occidental College, moved to Missouri and attended Community Development Institute at Univ. of Arkansas, Moberly Area Community College, Missouri Univ. and Famous Artists School.
In California she lived close to Metro Golden Mayer movie studio and was a frequent visitor becoming fascinated with the movie industry. This enchantment stayed with her through many restoration projects when in 2001 she took on the task of restoring the 4th Street Theatre, a movie house built in 1913. Prior to that Carolee completed a Memorial of Five Star General, Omar N. Bradley, Moberly being his hometown. Carolee was Public Relations director for several years for Dolphin Capital as well as working many years with communities throughout Missouri.
She is president of the Local Gov. Commission on Historic Preservation and a member of the state board, a member of several organizations including THS. Her emphasis is on historic preservation, theatre and the arts. Carolee is still active in theatre, historic preservation, the arts and helping communities. She resides in Moberly, Missouri.
James W. Kastner was born and raised in the city where the movie theatre was born—Pittsburgh, PA. As a young boy, his grandfather taught him how to read by pointing to the names of movie theatres in the Pittsburgh Press newspaper. He saw his first movie at five years old, Lady and The Tramp, at the Garden Theatre on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side. His fascination with movies, theatres, and a chance meeting with THS member Fred Beall set him on a twenty-five year book-writing trip. His journey ended in 2011 with the publication of: Where The Movies Played in Downtown Pittsburg(h). His past forty-three years have been spent in the beauty industry—a far cry from his days as an usher at the Fulton Theatre in Downtown Pittsburgh at which he ushered for the world premiere of Night of the Living Dead in 1968. James has set foot and visited theatres in all fifty states, an accomplishment he is very proud of. His goal before “clicking his usher’s flashlight off for the final time” is to view every movie ever nominated for an Oscar as “Best Picture” as well as all four “Best” acting categories.
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Vincent Astor is a native Memphian and has been involved in local history since his teens and is just old enough to remember the latter days of downtown and neighborhood movies. He discovered movie palaces back in the early 1970s (after looking up at the ceiling while watching True Grit in 1969) and did a great deal of research on the local theatres–even collecting small artifacts from the demolished ones. It was this collection he recently began reorganizing and then began collecting more photos. A display of these at Memphis Heritage resulted in many people encouraging him to publish. This resulted in the Marquee article in 2013 and an Arcadia Publishing book Images of America–Memphis Movie Theatres (2013). He worked at the Malco/Orpheum theatre right at the point of it turning from a kung-fu cinema back into a stage venue. He was the only employee retained when Malco (which had owned it since 1940) sold the theatre (because he knew where all the skeletons and the fuses were). It was during those years (1976-1987) that he did much of the research that has been re-visited and refined for Marquee and also appeared in the WKNO (local PBS) Memphis Memoirs documentary At The Movies. He still occasionally plays the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Orpheum, has been asked to participate in the theatre’s 85th anniversary (2013) and is a volunteer at another Memphis historic property and Elmwood Cemetery where he impersonates dead people, the more notorious, the better.
Jonathan A. Boschen is a freelance videographer and slide show designer who specializes in the production of industrial/business training, promotional, and demonstration videos. He graduated from Curry College in 2008 and in 2011 completed a digital film production certificate program at the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts; his student film was a well-received documentary on the history of the Waltham Watch factory. He is currently working on his next large scale history documentary. Mr. Boschen has had a life-long interest in both old movie theaters and film history. As a hobby he researches old theaters located throughout New England and puts on public PowerPoint/Keynote lectures about old theaters for such groups as local libraries and historical societies. Mr. Boschen’s most recent show was on Athol’s York and Capitol Theaters. It was first performed in November, 2012 at the Athol Public Library. After being heavily requested to do the show again, Mr. Boschen performed a second exhibition of the program at the Athol Historical Society in June, 2013. He is currently in the process of preparing other shows featuring theaters located throughout Massachusetts. (Pictured (left to right) Jonathan A. Boschen with Athol historian Richard Chaisson.)
Find Jonathan and his work online at: Twitter | Boschen Industrial Cinema | Vimeo “Waltham’s Watch” | Jonathan A. Boschen Film History Multimedia Presentations on Facebook
David Boysel is the artist-in-residence at the Paramount Theatre (Oakland). His official role is that of an artist and curator of the theatre, helping restore the theatre to it’s original glory. Boysel has been awarded the Art Deco Society of California Michael Crowe Preservation Award, 2013; Oakland Heritage Alliance Partners in Preservation award, Stewardship category, for the Oakland Paramount, 2012; California Heritage Council Certificate of Recognition, Castro Theatre, 2006; Art Deco Society of California Preservation Award, for restoring the Hermann Richter murals in Schroeder’s Restaurant, San Francisco, 1998; National Parks Service certificate, for the sensitive restoration of the Oakland Paramount, following the Loma Prieta earthquake, 1993.
He has also had worked published in Couture to Common : Deco Wallpapers of the Twenties and Thirties, Sophisticate Magazine, Spring, 2001; Paint and Color in American Art Deco Interiors, Sophisticate Magazine, Spring, 2000; Painted, Lacquered and Bronzed Lighting, The Rushlight, June, 2000; Shimmering Surfaces : Restoring the Face of Art Deco, Sophisticate Magazine, Autumn, 1998; Architectural Restoration as a Preservation Art, Sophisticate Magazine, Winter 1989-90.
Stephanie (Hemker) Burdick, a Coldwater, MI native, has been involved in theatre in one way or another since the age of three. The Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, which was her first introduction to theatre, holds a special place in her heart and will also be the subject of her thesis.
Burdick received her BS in secondary education from Ball State University in 2005. She has worked in educational, community and professional theaters throughout Michigan, Minnesota, and Indiana as an actress, director, stage manager, technical director, set designer/artist, marketing manager, and box office manager. She spent the past summer studying theatre in London and is in the final stretch of her Master in Humanities program at Tiffin University in Tiffin, OH.
She is an award-winning secondary education teacher and previously worked as a theatre, speech, English and journalism instructor at Lakeland High School in Indiana. Currently she owns and designs at Center Stage Florist in Union City, MI. When she finishes her master’s, she plans to return to teaching theatre as a college professor.
Nichelle Frank is a first-year graduate student at University of Oregon, earning her Ph.D. in history with an emphasis on architectural history and historic preservation in the American West. She completed her M.A. in history with a public history minor at Colorado State University in summer 2012 and taught U.S. and Colorado history at Arapahoe Community College for a year before beginning her studies at UO in fall 2013. Frank wrote her master’s thesis on historic movie theaters in Denver and their relationship to Colorado and national-scale identity shifts. She has also completed projects for the Public Lands History Center at Colorado State University, including an oral history project for Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and a historic photographs project for Fort Collins Utilities. Her work for Florissant Fossil Beds won a Student Award from the Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit. She presented her project at the RM-CESU’s Managers Meeting in October 2012. She has also written an architectural history for the Astor House Museum in Golden, Colorado, which is expected to appear in print fall 2013. Although her work and interests have taken her beyond the study of historic theaters, Nichelle has always loved historic theaters because they combine two of her passions: historic structures and classic films.
Find Nichelle and her work online at: LinkedIn | Arapahoe Community College | Denver goes to the movies : engaging national-scale identity shifts from movie house to movie palace, 1900-1940 | Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Oral History Project Report | Teaching Portfolio
Barry S. Goodkin Barry Goodkin was raised around the theatres in Philadelphia that his father and uncle managed. Through high school he worked as a theatre usher and went on to work as an assistant manager of three first-run theatres in Center City Philadelphia. He completed college and held a number of management and staff accounting positions with a major corporation before retiring in 1994.
He became a member of Theatre Historical Society of America in 1984 and made his first contribution to Marquee with the 1990 Conclave Issue for New Haven and Albany. Around 1988, Brother Andrew Corsini asked Barry to computerize the list of theatre openings which became a feature of Marquee. The “Theatre Openings” feature, both uncredited and credited, was maintained by Barry until 2008. From 1991 to 1995 he served as Northeast Director. In 1998 he and his wife relocated from Connecticut to Surprise, Arizona. In 2001 he served as Southeast Director. Retirement has allowed him to devote more time for researching and writing about theatres and theatre history. His articles and contributed information in addition to Marquee have appeared in a number of publications and newspapers.
Craig Morrison is an architect specializing in historic preservation and restoration. He works with a variety of historic buildings and has participated in the restoration of over thirty-five historic theatres. He has served on the landmarks commissions of Detroit, MI and Alexandria, VA and is active in the American Institute of Architects and is current president of the Theatre Historical Society of America. In 2004, he founded Theater Heritage, an organization dedicated to the identification, preservation, and revitalization of America’s historic theater buildings. He is the author of the Library of Congress published Theaters.
Gary Lee Parks has lived in the greater Santa Clara Valley area since 1986. His interest in classic American theatre buildings of the first half of the Twentieth Century began as a child, when he was captivated by their architecture while attending movies or live events. His father, Ed Parks, a motion picture and television animator from the 1930s to the 1970s, related what it was like to attend movies and vaudeville at the old picture palaces in the Twenties and Thirties. This further sparked his interest. A 1988 graduate of the California College of the Arts in Oakland and San Francisco, Parks earned a BFA in Illustration. He has worked in the architectural art glass industry for over twenty years, and has also found supplemental work as an illustrator, muralist, singer, and voiceover actor. Parks is also the author of Theatres of San Jose, which tells the story of the vintage movie theatres of the South Bay, and co-author of a similar book, Theatres of the San Francisco Peninsula, which covers the same subject in the region between Sunnyvale and Daly City. He has aided in the restoration of several Bay Area historic theatre buildings as both a professional and a volunteer. Parks has been a member of the Theatre Historical Society of America since 1987 and a past Board member serving from 2007-2013. He is also a past Board member of the Preservation Action Council of San Jose, and a Board member of the American Research Center in Egypt–Northern California Chapter. Many evenings find Parks performing original music with his wife, singer-songwriter Rebecca June Parks, at intimate venues throughout the South Bay.
Yoichiro Yoda was originally born in Japan, and currently resides in NYC. A painter by trade, his work has been shown in multiple solo exhibitions in Tokyo, New York, and Pennsylvania. In group exhibitions, his work has also been seen in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and NYC. He has previously taught drawing at Queens College in the CUE program and his artwork has also been published in Sw!pe magazine, the New York Times and The New York Art World magazine review.
Find Yoichiro and his work online at: Official Site