Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1471
Creators:
Sardino, Robert C.
Dates:
1914-1981, undated
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2.1 Cubic feet
7 boxes
Repository:
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
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
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
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.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, 2018-2019, assisted by Erin Wiebe and Thalia M. Chrysanthis, interns.
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.
Author
Franklin A. Robinson, Jr.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
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.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Robert L. Sardino Movie Theater Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred by the Division of Culture and the Arts to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution in 2018.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Advertisements Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Certificates Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lantern slides Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Posters Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Publicity photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schedules Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Theaters Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Motion picture stills Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Motion pictures, American Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
advertising -- Motion pictures Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sardino, Robert C. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives