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

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

by Robert K. Headley
     
 

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

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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:
03/29/2006
Pages:
535
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

IA history of motion picture exhibition in Baltimore5
Ch. 1The wonder of the century (1894-1906)7
Ch. 2The triumph of cheap entertainment (1907-1913)23
Ch. 3Bigger and better theaters (1914-1920)54
Ch. 4Movie palaces (1921-1927)77
Ch. 5A theater near you (1928-1939)104
Ch. 6The movies in war and peace (1940-1947)127
Ch. 7Shopping centers and drive-ins (1948-1960)141
Ch. 8The return of the palaces? (1961-1967)158
Ch. 9Multiplexes to megaplexes (1968-1990)166
Ch. 10Megaplexes (1990-2004)182
IIBaltimore area theaters by name187
App. 1Baltimore area theaters by street address447
App. 2Architects of Baltimore area theaters450
App. 3Theater architecture452
App. 4Theater personnel456

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