Motion Picture Exhibition in Washington, D.C.: An Illustrated History of Parlors, Palaces and Multiplexes in the Metropolitan Area, 1894-1997

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From inauspicious beginnings in the kinetoscope parlors and nickelodeons to the movie palaces of the golden era, and finally to the pared down multiplexes of today, this is the history of motion picture viewing in the nation's capital and vicinity. The research is supported by numerous interviews.

The book includes a 200-page listing of all the movie theaters in the area past and present, with data such as location, dates of operation, architect, and seating capacity, as well as...

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Overview

From inauspicious beginnings in the kinetoscope parlors and nickelodeons to the movie palaces of the golden era, and finally to the pared down multiplexes of today, this is the history of motion picture viewing in the nation's capital and vicinity. The research is supported by numerous interviews.

The book includes a 200-page listing of all the movie theaters in the area past and present, with data such as location, dates of operation, architect, and seating capacity, as well as a summary of each theater's history and current status. Maps, drawings and photographs (most of which have never before been published) round out this comprehensive study.

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A loving history of motion picture viewing in the nation's capitol and vicinity, drawing on interviews and previously unpublished b&w photos. Includes a 200-page listing of all movie theaters in the area past and present, with data such as location, dates of operation, architect, and seating capacity, as well as a summary of each theater's history and current status. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknew.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786428427
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/17/2006
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.10 (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

Acknowledgments
Preface 1
Ch. 1 The Columbia Phonograph Company (1894-1905) 3
Ch. 2 The Nickelodeon Era (1906-1912) 17
Ch. 3 The First Palaces (1913-1916) 53
Ch. 4 The Move to F Street (1917-1923) 74
Ch. 5 The Movie Palace Years (1924-1927) 103
Ch. 6 After the Fox (1928-1934) 125
Ch. 7 Theaters Near You (1935-1944) 138
Ch. 8 The Move to the Suburbs (1945-1952) 168
Ch. 9 The Dark Years (1953-1961) 180
Ch. 10 Renaissance (1962-1965) 193
Ch. 11 Shoeboxes and Twins (1966-1981) 200
Ch. 12 Multiplexes (1982-Present) 216
App. 1 Washington Area Theaters by Name 223
App. 2 Washington Area Theaters by Street Address 344
App. 3 Architects of Washington Area Theaters 355
App. 4 Theater Architecture 359
App. 5 Theater Personnel 363
Notes 369
Bibliography 379
Index 383
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2000

    Headley does it again !

    'Motion Picture Exhibition in Washington D.C.' is an excellent follow up to Robert K.Headley's 1974 publication 'Exit', a look at Baltimore's movie theatres. ( That book is now impossible to find. ) In Headley's new book, the reader learns not only about the movie theatres of Washington D.C. and the history of each one, but of motion picture theatre history in general. Headley's love for movie theatres shows in the details he places in his writing, and for anyone who loves old theatres, whether you're from Washington D.C. or not, this is required reading. Now if we could only get Headley to write a theatre book on New York City or Chicago ! The book also contains plenty of black and white photos of the theatres as well.

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