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  • Written by Rolf Achilles
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Beginning with the Nickelodeons and penny arcades in the 1890s, the American movie theater evolved as films did, in sophistication and mass appeal, reaching new heights in architecture, décor and glamour by the 1920s and 30s. This book is the story of the American Movie Palace and how the emergence of great films and cinema stars and the experience of movie-going itself led to the wildly imaginative fantasy styles recalling Egyptian temples, Chinese pagodas and Italian villages.  The book identifies the main styles of decoration and gives fascinating detail on the brilliant and daring architects and designers who built them. In an era when film exposed millions of Americans, for the first time, to a vast fantasy land of new and heightened emotions brought on by thrilling action and adventure and romance beyond their wildest dreams, movie theaters of the Golden Age of film were, indeed, awe-inspiring palaces which set the stage and were a perfect reflection for something very special that was about to happen on screen.

Table of Contents

Movie Palaces
Movie Palaces Stand Out
Therapeutic Fantasy Inside a Movie Palace
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
Movies Become Talkies
Out With Fantasy, In With Rational Modern
Places to Visit
Further Reading

Featured theaters:
Chicago, Diversey Theatre
Belmont Theatre, Chicago
Lake Theatre, Oak Park
Uptown Theatre, Chicago
Mark Strand, New York
Roxy Theatre, New York
State and Lake, Chicago
The Los Angeles Theatre
The Lucas Theatre
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
Alhambra/New Regal Theatre, Chicago
Egyptian Theatre, DeKalb
Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood
Alexandria Theatre, San Francisco
Paradise Theatre, Chicago
Palace Theatre, Marion, Ohio
Orpheum, Los Angeles
Pantages, Los Angeles
Pantages, Hollywood
El Capitan, Los Angeles
Grauman’s Chinese
Tower Theatre, Los Angeles
Warner Theatre, Los Angeles
The Chicago Theatre, Chicago
The Oriental, Chicago
Twin Theatres, Chicago
Fox Oakland
Fox Detroit
United Artists Theatre, Chicago

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