Cinema Houston: From Nickelodeon to Megaplex

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Cinema Houston celebrates a vibrant century of movie theatres and moviegoing in Texas's largest city. Illustrated with more than two hundred historical photographs, newspaper clippings, and advertisements, it traces the history of Houston movie theatres from their early twentieth-century beginnings in vaudeville and nickelodeon houses to the opulent downtown theatres built in the 1920s (the Majestic, Metropolitan, Kirby, and Loew's State). It also captures the excitement of the neighborhood theatres of the 1930s ...

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Overview

Cinema Houston celebrates a vibrant century of movie theatres and moviegoing in Texas's largest city. Illustrated with more than two hundred historical photographs, newspaper clippings, and advertisements, it traces the history of Houston movie theatres from their early twentieth-century beginnings in vaudeville and nickelodeon houses to the opulent downtown theatres built in the 1920s (the Majestic, Metropolitan, Kirby, and Loew's State). It also captures the excitement of the neighborhood theatres of the 1930s and 1940s, including the Alabama, Tower, and River Oaks; the theatres of the 1950s and early 1960s, including the Windsor and its Cinerama roadshows; and the multicinemas and megaplexes that have come to dominate the movie scene since the late 1960s.

While preserving the glories of Houston's lost movie palaces—only a few of these historic theatres still survive—Cinema Houston also vividly re-creates the moviegoing experience, chronicling midnight movie madness, summer nights at the drive-in, and, of course, all those tasty snacks at the concession stand. Sure to appeal to a wide audience, from movie fans to devotees of Houston's architectural history, Cinema Houston captures the bygone era of the city's movie houses, from the lowbrow to the sublime, the hi-tech sound of 70mm Dolby and THX to the crackle of a drive-in speaker on a cool spring evening.

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Texas movie-house buff David Welling describes Cinema Houston as a book of shadows, but in truth, his tribute to bygone local theaters leaves a palpable glow. Using his aesthetic expertise and 15 years of research, graphic designer Welling walks readers through Houston movie-house history; from the downtown "palaces" of the 1920s to the huge multi-cinemas and multiplexes of today. With loving attention to detail, he guides readers through memory-lane visits to plush seats, hot dog concession stands, and even drive-in theaters. This elegant book contains over 225 black-and-white photographs and other illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292717008
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: Roger Fullington Series in Architecture
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 993,189
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID WELLING, a Houston resident who attended many of the theatres in this book, is a graphic artist and writer whose projects have ranged from corporate magazines to album covers and fantasy illustrations. He has written articles about film and theatres for such publications as the Houston Post and the Houston Press.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jack Valenti
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Staged Origins
Chapter 2. The Nickelodeons
Chapter 3. Bigger and Better
Chapter 4. The Majestics
Chapter 5. The Main Three: The Metropolitan, the Kirby, and Loew's State
Chapter 6. The Later 1920s: You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet!
Chapter 7. Will Horwitz, Philanthropist
Chapter 8. The Neighborhood Theatre, 1934-1949
Chapter 9. Hoblitzelle's Interstate
Chapter 10. Jim Crow and the Ethnic Theatre
Chapter 11. The Fifties: The Incredible 3-D Wide-Screen Technicolor Stereophonic-Sound Ballyhoo Parade
Chapter 12. The Drive-in: A View from the Car Seat
Chapter 13. The Sixties: The Times, They Are A-Changin'
Chapter 14. The X-Houses
Chapter 15. From Multicinema to Multiplex: Safety in Numbers
Chapter 16. Let Them Eat Candy: The Concession Stand
Chapter 17. Beyond the Fringe: Midnight Movies and the Alternative Cinema
Chapter 18. Rediscovery in the Age of the Megaplex
Chapter 19. Perspectives: An Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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