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The Art Theater Playing Movies for 100 Years Paperback – 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Champaign-Urbana Theater History (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 099109350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991093502
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,068,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This little theater in central Illinois has had a profound effect on me and many others. I saw my first art films there and was inspired to become a filmmaker and publisher of film books. This was also my friend Roger Ebert's favorite theater and inspired him to become a film critic. This book traces the influences and the passing of the theater from one set of dedicated hands to the next through several generations. The research that went into the book is extraordinary. The theater's journey which is unveiled in the book will inspire other theaters of all types to understand that the work they do can radiate out to the whole world. The book is a magnificent effort and I am delighted those that love the theater went to the enormous trouble to write about it. Well done!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice Friedemann on January 20, 2014
As far as I know, this is the first time a theater was kept alive by forming a co-op. I helped pay for college by working in a movie theater in Evanston Illinois in high school, and have always loved seeing movies on the Big Screen, where they were meant to be seen. I worry that so many people are going to stream movies on their TV or computers that the beautiful grand old movie theaters are going to be driven out of business.

This book will show you how you can preserve local movie theaters and build your local community as well. Urbana is where I went to college, so when I was back in Illinois, I stopped by this wonderful theater and saw an outstanding movie that was part of a South American film festival. Co-op members volunteered to serve at the vending stand and sell tickets. Many attending were co-op members, who now have a stake in keeping the theater open. And it's so much more than a movie theater, it's also a community center, a place to see old friends and make new ones. In many smaller towns, this is the only place that will show foreign, independent, and art films, that often will never be available on cable TV or netflix.

Bravo to the authors of this book, and I hope many other communities across the nation copy this wonderful experiment. It breaks my heart that most of the Balaban and Katz movie palaces in Chicago are gone now The Chicago Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz (IL) (Images of America). If only something similar had been attempted there!
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