Motion Picture Exhibition in Baltimore: An Illustrated History and Directory of Theaters, 1895-2004

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Overview

The movie house is an integral part of the physical and cultural American landscape. From the modest nickelodeons of the early twentieth century to the audacious palaces of the 1920s to the mighty megaplexes of today, changes in theater design over the last 100 years coincide with America's understanding of entertainment and how it is delivered. A comprehensive look at the movie houses of one large American city can reveal much about motion picture exhibition in the country as a whole. This book covering the city of Baltimore offers such revelations, as well as fascinating details on a local level.

Part I is a narrative history of the motion picture exhibition business and the moviegoing experience in Baltimore from 1895 to the present. Part II lists theaters alphabetically and describes them in sumptuous detail. Appendices offer a list of the theaters by street address; a roster of the architects; some comments on theater architecture in general; and a discussion of theater personnel. A bibliography completes the work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786422906
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/29/2006
  • Pages: 843
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Retired linguist Robert K. Headley lectures on theatre history, and consults on documentaries and theatre restoration. He lives in University Park, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

I A history of motion picture exhibition in Baltimore 5
Ch. 1 The wonder of the century (1894-1906) 7
Ch. 2 The triumph of cheap entertainment (1907-1913) 23
Ch. 3 Bigger and better theaters (1914-1920) 54
Ch. 4 Movie palaces (1921-1927) 77
Ch. 5 A theater near you (1928-1939) 104
Ch. 6 The movies in war and peace (1940-1947) 127
Ch. 7 Shopping centers and drive-ins (1948-1960) 141
Ch. 8 The return of the palaces? (1961-1967) 158
Ch. 9 Multiplexes to megaplexes (1968-1990) 166
Ch. 10 Megaplexes (1990-2004) 182
II Baltimore area theaters by name 187
App. 1 Baltimore area theaters by street address 447
App. 2 Architects of Baltimore area theaters 450
App. 3 Theater architecture 452
App. 4 Theater personnel 456
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