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Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection

Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Former owner:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Extent:
2.1 Cubic feet (7 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Advertisements
Certificates
Lantern slides
Posters
Publicity photographs
Schedules
Motion picture stills
Date:
1914-1981, undated
Summary:
The collection consists of motion picture exhibition ephemera (lantern slides, publicity photographs, and paper) saved by Robert L. Sardino during his years working in motion picture theaters in Syracuse, New York.
Content Description:
The collection consists of archival materials saved by Robert L. Sardino during the years he was employed in motion picture theaters in Syracuse, New York. This collection also contains objects Sardino salvaged when the Paramount Theater in Syracuse, New York was demolished in 1967. He spent the bulk of his career at the Paramount Theater. Included are theater schedules; blank payroll documents; photographs of employees, theater interiors, and marquees, as well as publicity stills of actors and for motion pictures; certificates; motion picture advertising and press releases. There is a large number of glass lantern slides relating to a variety of topics such as current news events, sports, scenic views, and "coming attractions."
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into four series.

Series 1, Personal Papers and Ephemera, 1942-1981, undated

Series 2, Paramount and Schine Theaters (Syracuse, New York), 1947-1970, undated

Series 3, Motion Pictures, Publicity Stills, Advertisements, and Souvenir Programs 1942-1968, undated

Series 4, Lantern Slides, 1914-1915, undated

Subseries 4.1, American Press Association, undated

Subseries 4.2, Brenkert Light Projection Company (BLPC), undated

Subseries 4.3, Motion Picture Advertisments, 1914-1915, undated

Subseries 4.4, Maurice Workstel, Incorporated, undated

Subseries 4.5, Other, undated
Biographical / Historical:
Robert L. Sardino was born in New York state December 11, 1897, the son of John and Palma Sardino. Both of his parents were born in Italy, and Palma notes in the 1920 census that she had immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1881. His father died at an early age and by the 1920 census Palma was listed as being head of the household. Robert joined the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), local 376, on January 24, 1915. According to family oral history Robert began work at the age of fourteen, in the 1920 census he is noted as an "operator" in a "picture show." His brothers, Frank and Alphonsa, were both in the motion picture theater business. By 1930 Frank is noted as a "theater proprietor." Alphonsa is noted as a "picture theater" manager as early as 1920. For the greatest part of his life, Robert worked in and around Syracuse, New York. During his working life, he was employed by Paramount-Publix Corporation, later known as Paramount Pictures, Incorporated and also the Schine Corporation theater owners and developers. He worked in Syracuse at the Paramount Theater which was demolished in 1967. Family history maintains Robert worked until he was seventy-five years old.

Robert served in the military during World War I. On his registration card he is described as being of medium height and build, grey eyes, and black hair. He was then working as an auto mechanic in Old Forge, New York. In May 1928, Robert married Florence Owen, daughter of David and Charlotte Bostwick Owen. They had two children, Delores and Roberta. The marriage ended and in the 1940 census Robert was living with his daughters and was noted as being a projectionist in a movie theater. Later that year he married Irene Boniface Simiele, also a divorcee, with a young son, Joseph.

Robert died in Syracuse, New York on February 3, 1981.
Separated Materials:
The Division of Culture and the Arts holds these objects associated with this collection: Accession number 1984.0789 includes: Basket; Frame, Exit Sign; Screen, Cinerama; Speaker, Car, Drive-in Movie; Plate, End-Seat Aisle Camp Cover; Holder; Disc, Transcription.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Irene B. Sardino, widow of Robert L. Sardino, to the Division of Social and Cultural History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, in 1984.
Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Topic:
Theaters  Search this
Motion pictures, American  Search this
advertising -- Motion pictures  Search this
Genre/Form:
Advertisements
Certificates
Lantern slides
Posters
Publicity photographs
Schedules
Motion picture stills
Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1471
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1471

Projection Room Payroll Form

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 1: Personal Papers and Ephemera
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref10

1984.0789.303, American Press Association sailors and marines wounded in Vera Cruz on cots at the Brooklyn navy yard hospital during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. Also shown is W. O. Keas who lost his left arm. Ameri...

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref100

1984.0789.304, American Press Association United States artillery on its way to the Rio Grande River and a regular border camp without its tents stretched during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Press Association

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref101

1984.0789.305, American Press Association the mounted United States ambulance corps patrolling the outpost territory at Vera Cruz during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Press Association

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref102

1984.0789.306, American Press Association the United States cavalry passing through Laredo, Texas on the way to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Press Association

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref103

1984.0789.307, American Press Association the city of Tampico the Mexican gunboat Bravo and the ammunition ship Antilla during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Press Association

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref104

1984.0789.308, American Press Association the international bridge over the Rio Grande at El Paso and an American army airplane over a US patrol camp near El Paso during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Press A...

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref105

1984.0789.309, American Press Association a detachment of marines that was sent to the Vera Cruz waterworks to reinforce the American forces already there during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Press Association.

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref106

1984.0789.310, American Press Association infantry practicing firing while stretched on the ground as though in actual war and a sharpshooter in a tree picking off an imaginary enemy during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracr...

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref107

1984.0789.311, American Press Association a military court passing judgment on peons caught attempting to carry information of American forces to General Maas's troops during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Pr...

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref108

1984.0789.312, American Press Association bluejackets aboard the Arkansas in the Vera Cruz harbor handling ammunition during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Press Association

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref109

Program Time Schedule Form

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 1: Personal Papers and Ephemera
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref11

1984.0789.313, American Press Association United States regulars on transport Kilpatrick at Vera Cruz dock during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Press Association

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref110

1984.0789.314, American Press Association regulars on guard at a peon's hut on the outskirts of Vera Cruz as well as El Tejar waterworks during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Press Association

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref111

1984.0789.315, American Press Association cleaning and painting of a battleship at the Brooklyn navy yard during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Press Association

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref112

1984.0789.316, American Press Association the battleship North Dakota during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Press Association

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref113

1984.0789.317, American Press Association two of the four transports for Vera Cruz, Mexico at Galveston, Texas during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Press Association

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref114

1984.0789.318, American Press Association Hotel Terminal Vera Cruz headquarters for American refugees guarded by United States forces; Mexicans killed by American bullets; wounded sailor carried away under Red Cross flag; marines guarding Independenci...

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref115

1984.0789.319, American Press Association an American refugee family from Mexico on board the Monterey during the Tampico Affair and the United States occupation of Veracruz. American Press Association

Collection Source:
Sardino, Robert C.  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection is open for research.
Collection Citation:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection / Series 4: Lantern Slides / 4.1: American Press Association
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1471-ref116

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