Popcorn Palaces: The Art Deco Movie Theater Paintings of Davis Coneby 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 qualitythe 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.
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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.