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

by Robert K. Headley
     
 

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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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Communication Booknotes Quarterly
definitive
Booknews
A loving history of motion picture viewing in the nation's capitol and vicinity, drawing on interviews and previously unpublished b&w photos.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)
H-Net Reviews
cover[s] more than 100 years of film exhibition...an important story well told...compelling...detailed...appendix includes a wealth of information and constitutes a book within a book...richly illustrated...carefully researched and written
Choice
definitive...details interesting, broad aspects of film and theater history...adds cultural commentary on evolving moviegoing trends
C&RL News
an admirable work

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786428427
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/17/2006
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(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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