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
ISBN-10:
0786422904
ISBN-13:
9780786422906
Pub. Date:
03/29/2006
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

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

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.

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Preface 1

I. A History of Motion Picture Exhibition in Baltimore 5

1. The Wonder of the Century (1894–1906) 7

2. The Triumph of Cheap Entertainment (1907–1913) 23

3. Bigger and Better Theaters (1914–1920) 54

4. Movie Palaces (1921–1927) 77

5. A Theater Near You (1928–1939) 104

6. The Movies in War and Peace (1940–1947) 127

7. Shopping Centers and Drive-Ins (1948–1960) 141

8. The Return of the Palaces? (1961–1967) 158

9. Multiplexes to Megaplexes (1968–1990) 166

10. Megaplexes (1990–2004) 182

II. Baltimore Area Theaters by Name 187

Appendices

1. Baltimore Area Theaters by Street Address 447

2. Architects of Baltimore Area Theaters 450

3. Theater Architecture 452

4. Theater Personnel 456

Notes 461

Bibliography 493

Index 497

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