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The Fall of the American Movie Palace

June 19, 2012

View of the Loew’s Palace Theatre from the balcony.

Hi everyone – I want to let you all know about an upcoming event.

On August 18, I’ll be giving a lecture on “The Fall of the American Movie Palace” as part of the Atlas Obscura Speakers series of talks at the Observatory in Brooklyn.

Here’s some information about it from the Observatory’s website:

There’s nothing remarkable about a movie theater today, but there used to be. When the great American Movie Palaces opened, they were some of the most lavish, stunning buildings anyone had ever seen. With the birth of the multiplex, theater companies found it harder and harder to keep these buildings open. Some were demolished, some were converted, and some remain to this day. “The Fall of the American Movie Palace” will take you through the history of these magnificent buildings, from their opening in the early 1900s to years after the final curtain.

Check out Atlas Obscura for more information, and to purchase tickets. http://atlasobscura.com/blog/Obscura-Society-NYC-Movie-Palace

Tickets can also be purchased at http://obscura-society-nyc-movie-palace-es2.eventbrite.com/?srnk=1

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2012 3:04 pm

    Really one of the coolest sites I’ve seen in a long time! Good work!

  2. August 3, 2012 3:09 am

    This one is also gorgeous. If only these sites can be more publicity, someone would see the value in these lovely theatres and try to restore them to their former glory.

    Great site by the way. You have a truly unique theme.

    • August 3, 2012 7:11 am

      Thanks. There’s more pictures and information on it here. That’s one of the main reasons I started this blog, to show what beauty these places still have left.

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