Historic Movie Theatres in Illinois, 1883-1960

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This history and catalog of the movie theaters of Illinois follows their evolution from the early opera houses, to the storefront nickelodeons, to the awe-inspiring movie palaces, to the post-World War II theaters and the advent of the multiplex. Each theater has its own story, and together these stories make up a fascinating history of cinema viewing in Illinois. This richly illustrated book-the first dealing exclusively with Illinois theatres- contains nearly 3,000 descriptions of historic movie houses, from the early 1880s to 1960. The alphabetically arranged entries, which include such information as the theater's name, location, number of seats, and the dates it opened and closed, cover cities and towns from Abingdon to Zion, including Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. The book opens with a history of the movie house, beginning with silent movies shown on walls and ending with the multiplex era. It also includes a chapter on television's impact and information on renovated historic theatres in the state. Appendices include lists of Illinois-operated movie theatre circuits, theatre websites and include a bibliography.

Konrad Schiecke is a retired director from Zenith Electronics Corporation. He is a member of the Theatre Historical Society of America and lives in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786423088
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/16/2006
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Konrad Schiecke is a retired director of Large Signal Engineering, Magnetic Components and Projection Optics Engineering from Zenith Electronics Corporation. A long-time member and a newly named director of the Theatre Historical Society of America, he collects and restores 35mm theatre equipment and lives in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Overview of cinema history
1 The early years 11
2 The advent of sound 14
3 Television's impact 19
4 Saving the older theatres 21
Pt. II Directory of Illinois movie theatres 29
App Illinois-operated movie theatres circuits 375
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