Popcorn Palaces: The Art Deco Movie Theater Paintings of Davis Cone

Popcorn Palaces: The Art Deco Movie Theater Paintings of Davis Cone

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by Michael D. Kinerk, Dennis W. Wilhelm
     
 
"Davis Cone's extraordinarily realistic paintings of old movie theatres ... [produce] a sharp ache of recognition of a kind of innocence that is somehow irretrievably lost. Or perhaps, because Mr. Cone's work represents these images of Americana so accurately�and with such a subtly elegiac quality—the emotion we feel is as of a distant memory suddenly recaptured

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"Davis Cone's extraordinarily realistic paintings of old movie theatres ... [produce] a sharp ache of recognition of a kind of innocence that is somehow irretrievably lost. Or perhaps, because Mr. Cone's work represents these images of Americana so accurately�and with such a subtly elegiac quality—the emotion we feel is as of a distant memory suddenly recaptured." —Peter Bogdanovich

For more than two decades, in his widely collected paintings of America's old movie theatres, Realist artist Davis Cone has been preserving cherished memories from an era gone by. Cone's brilliantly precise paintings of the glittering Art Deco fantasy palaces that once lent magic to main streets across the nation recall the thrill of going to the movies in the days before malls and multiplexes. The text not only reveals much about Cone the artist but also covers the history and architecture of the theatres themselves. Sadly, many of the theatres painted by Cone no longer exist. But the spirit of all Popcorn Palaces remains alive in this evocative and nostalgic book.

Author Biography: Michael D. Kinerk, director of newsroom technology for the Miami Herald, is a longtime student of and writer about theatres and architecture. He has compiled several databases of worldwide architecture relating to historic theatres and Art Deco masterworks.

Dennis W. Wilhelm is the archivist for the international architectural design firm Arquitectonica. An authority on many aspects of 20th-century design, he has collected widely in the Art Deco style.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Popcorn Palaces: The Art Deco Movie Theatre Paintings of Davis Cone, the artist captures the paradoxes of these iconic showplaces from the perspective of the generation that inherited rather than created them; their tackiness, peeling paint, gaudiness and often neglect contrast with the cool assurance of their fantastical design in its futuristic optimism, lurid wit and irony. Architecture writer Michael D. Kinerk and archivist and art deco collector Dennis W. Wilhelm compiled the paintings and provided an informative text. Cone has been photographing and painting theaters for more than 20 years; the 86 images presented here convey the richness of his effort. ( May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810943612
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/1901
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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Popcorn Palaces 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 3 star rating was because there seems to be a repeat of many theatre photos and many more could have been featured within its pages. I feel that more theatres in the south were featured than from across the United States. Would like to have seen my art deco western New York State hometown theatre included in the book.