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Great American Movie Theaters (Great American Places Series) Paperback – August, 1987


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Product Details

  • Series: Great American Places Series
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Natl Trust for Historic; 1st edition (August 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891331271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891331278
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a "selection of the greatest movie theaters still standing in big cities and small towns across the United States." Other books, including Naylor's own American Picture Palaces ( LJ 12/1/81), have described the movie theaters of the 1920s, but this treatment is comprehensive. Over 300 theaters are organized by six geographical regions, then arranged alphabetically by state, city, and theater name. Entries give the architect, date of opening, current ownership and use, and the architectural design and the theater's history. Most theaters are shown by at least one photograph. Recommended. Douglas G. Birdsall, North Dakota State Univ. Lib., Fargo
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James H. Rankin on August 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
Handbooks are supposed to fit comfortably in one's hand for ease of use, and this 5-1/4" wide by 10" tall paperback does just that, since the author intended it to accompany one on national travels as he did. The 272 pages of this 1/4" thick volume create a heavier weight than one might expect due to the satin coated paperstock, but the space inside is crammed with capsule descriptions of 360 movie houses within some 450 photographs. A Forward by famed actor/dancer, the late Gene Kelly, and an appreciative note on the back cover by movie reviewer Roger Ebert help put this book in context as it catalogs a social phenomenon of the 20th century. The table of contents and the index take us into the era that created these architectural works of art and the changes in technology which brought about the doom of many others. Indeed, since publication in 1987, a few of these notable structures have been converted or demolished, and the Epilogue of the book: "The Ones That Got Away", by Joseph DuciBella, former President of the Theatre Historical Society of America, can bring a tear to one's eye at the realization of just how much we have lost.
Mr. Naylor strives mightly to capture the essence of each of these significant and extant theaters (one estimate is that there were in excess of 10,000 such built for the showing of movies), while cognizant of the fact that he had to exclude many, especially the "nabes" or neighborhood theates which dotted our larger cities in great numbers. They were not as elaborate as the pallazi of the downtowns where thousands sat in "gardens of splendor", but there is no one book which could have enough pages to capture them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Deal on April 3, 2013
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The book arrived quickly.
It had some wear, but this was described in the listing.
I have enjoyed reading about many of the theaters I remember from the past and am glad to know that some are being saved and restored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd on June 15, 2013
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Covers a wide range of theaters but all the pictures are small and in black and white. Also each theater is only given half a page of space
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