New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Koster & Bialís
ó 34th Street district ó
My stage name is Carmencita!. In 1890 I made my America debut dancing the Flamenco at Koster & Bialís Concert Hall on 23rd Street. Three years later, I moved my act uptown to this site on 34th Street where its sister venue Koster & Bialís Music Hall had just opened.
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Theater owners John Koster and Albert Bial partnered with Oscar Hammerstein to convert his newly built opera house on 34th Street to a vaudeville theater.
“Öthe spectatorís imagination filled the atmosphere with electricity, as sparks crackled around the swift moving lifelike figures.”
- New York Times description of Edisonís Vitascope, April 24, 1896
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment. A significant historical date for this entry is April 24, 1896.
Location. 40° 45.03′ N, 73° 59.382′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 34th Street east of Seventh Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 142 West 34th Street, New York NY 10001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this markerHere the Motion Picture Began (within shouting distance of this marker); R.H. Macy & Company (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Macyís (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Macyís (about 500 feet away); Herald Square (about 500 feet away); Broadway at 35th Street (about 500 feet away); James Gordon Bennett Monument (about 600 feet away); Madison Square Garden (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Regarding Koster & Bialís. The Vitagraph plaque is directly across the street at Macy's. See "Other nearby markers" link above.
Also see . . . Foster and Bial's Music Hall. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 25, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 25, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 87 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 25, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.