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outside the U.S.A.

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vintage cartoon of theater usher

Books & Videos
"Showtime! From Opera Houses To Picture Palaces In El Paso" [2006]
by Cynthia Farah Haines /0874043034/

"Great American Movie Theaters" [1987]
by David Naylor
National Trust 10¼x5¼ pb [10/87] out of print/used

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American Picture Palaces book by David Naylor   "American Picture Palaces: The Architecture of Fantasy" [1981]
by David Naylor

Simon & Schuster 11x8½ pb [1981] out of print/used
Van Nostrand Reinhold 11x8¾ hardcover [1981] out of print/many used
Movie Palaces: Survivors   "Movie Palaces: Survivors of An Elegant Era" (Architecture & Film Series)" [1988]
Photos by Ave Pildas, text by Lucinda Smith

Hennessey & Ingalls 12.4x9.4 hardcover [9/2000] for $20.37
Random House hardcover [12/88] out of print/used

"American Picture Palaces: The Architecture of Fantasy" [1991]
by David Naylor
S&S/Prentice Hall 11x8½ pb [1/91] out of print/used

"Ticket To Paradise: American Movie Theaters & How We Had Fun"
[1991] by John Margolies & Emily M. Gwathmey
320 photographs, 270 in color
Bulfinch Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [11/91] out of print/used

Shared Pleasures   "Shared Pleasures: A History of Movie Presentation In The United States" [1992]
by Douglas Gomery

Univ WI Press 9x6 pb [5/92] out of print/used

"America Goes To The Movies: One Hundred Years of Motion Picture Exhibition"
[1993] by Barbara Stones
National Assn. of Theatre Owners hardcover [10/93] out of print/used

Show / Sidewalk   "The Show Starts On The Sidewalk: An Architectural History of The Movie Theatre, Starring S. Charles Lee" [1994]
by Maggie Valentine

Yale Univ Press 10x8 pb [4/96] for $25.00
Yale Univ Press hardcover [3/94] out of print/used
American Theaters of The Nineteenth Century   "American Theaters: Performance Halls of The Nineteenth Century"
[1997] by David Naylor & Joan Dillon

Schiffer Publng 2nd edition 11x8½ hardcover [10/2006] for $30.36
Wiley & Sons 11x8½ hardcover [10/97] out of print/used
Under The Stars   "Cinema Under The Stars: America's Love Affair With The Drive-In Movie Theater" [1998]
by Elizabeth McKeon & Linda Everett

Cumberland House 10x8 pb [12/98] for $14.95

Magic Lantern's Drive-In Theaters Page

Last Remaining   "The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown" [1999]
by Robert Berger, photographs by Anne Conser

Balcony Press 11x9 pb [1/99] for $22.40
Balcony Press hardcover [1/99] out of print/used
Palaces of the Night   "Palaces of The Night: Canada's Grand Theatres" [1999]
by John C. Lindsay

Lynx Images pb [10/99] for $24.95
"Nickelodeon Theatres and Their Music" [1999]
by Q. David Bowers

Scarecrow Press 11x8½ pb [11/99] out of print/used
Scarecrow Press 11¼x8&fra34 hardcover [11/99] for $24.95
Silent Screens   "Silent Screens: The Decline & Transformation of The American Movie Theater" [2000] by Michael Putnam
Johns Hopkins Univ Press 8¾x10¼ hardcover
[6/2000] for $27.97

"America's Castles: Movie Palaces" [A&E special 2000]
A&E Home Video color VHS [2/2000] for $24.95

Old Cinemas book by Allen Eyles   "Old Cinemas" [2001] by Allen Eyles
Shire Publns 8x5 pb [3/2008] for $10.00
Moviegoing In America / History of Film Exhibition book edited by Gregory A. Waller  "Moviegoing In America: A Sourcebook In The History of Film Exhibition" [2001]
Edited by Gregory A. Waller

Wiley-Blackwell 9½x6¾ pb [12/2001] for $46.95
Wiley-Blackwell 10¾x7½ hardcover [12/2001] for $124.95
PopPal   "Popcorn Palaces: The Art Deco Movie Theatre Paintings of Davis Cone" [2001]
Text by Michael D. Kinerk & Dennis W. Wilhelm

Harry N. Abrams 8¾x11¼ hardcover [5/2001] for $23.96
Southern Movie Palace  "The Southern Movie Palace: Rise, Fall & Resurrection" [2003]
by Janna Jones

Univ Press of FL 9½x6¼ hardcover [3/2003] for $16.97
Cinema Treasures book   "Cinema Treasures: A New Look At Classic Movie Theaters" [2004]
by Ross Melnick & Andreas Fuchs

Motorbooks Intl 12½x10¾ hardcover [10/2004] for $27.20
authors' bookpageCinema Treasures website
Theaters book & CD-ROM by Craig Morrison  "Theaters" book & CD-ROM [2005]
by Craig Morrison & the Library of Congress (1200 illustrations)

W.W. Norton 11¼x8¾ hardcover & CD-ROM [12/2005] for $52.75
Images of America Chicago Movie Palaces book by David Balaban   "Images of America: The Chicago Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz"
[2006] by David Balaban

Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [5/2006] for $16.49
Images of America Theatres In Los Angeles book by Suzanne Tarbell Cooper, Amy Ronnebeck Hall & Marc Wanamaker  "Images of America: Theatres In Los Angeles (California)" [2008]
by Suzanne Tarbell Cooper, Amy Ronnebeck Hall & Marc Wanamaker

Arcadia Publng 9x6½ pb [1/2008] for $13.59
Hollywood in the Neighborhood / Local Moviegoing book by Kathryn Fuller-Seeley  "Hollywood In The Neighborhood: Historical Case Studies of Local Moviegoing"
[2008] by Kathryn Fuller-Seeley

Examines in detail the social and cultural changes when motion pictures moved so quickly and successfully into the American heartland, into old opera houses and glittering new picture palaces on Main Streets across America.
Univ CA Press 8¾x5¾ pb [3/2008] for $27.95
Univ CA Press 9x6¼ hardcover [3/2008] for $65.00
Movie Roadshows History & Filmography book by Kim R. Holston  "Movie Roadshows: A History and Filmography of Reserved-Seat Limited Showings, 1911-1973" [2012] by Kim R. Holston
Kindle Edition from McFarland & Co. [12/2012] for $28.25 {sic}
McFarland & Co. 10¼x6¾ pb [12/2012] for $65.00

Dots® candy

The Snack Bar
Red Vines® licorice candy
Old Time Candy Company [Dots®, Good & Plenty®, Milk Duds®, Necco®, Sno-Caps®...]
Nehi® Soda {"The Tradition of Taste since 1924"} from The Soda Shop
Tootsie Roll Industries [concession candies]
Nationwide Candy LLC [est. 1997?] in Albuquerque, New Mexico

more about American Food Traditions at Spirit of America Bookstore

Candyfreak   "Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America" [2004]
by Steve Almond

Algonquin 7½x6 hardcover [4/2004] for $15.37
Highbridge UNABR audio CD [5/2004] for $18.33
Highbridge UNABR audio [5/2004] for $18.33
author's website
Popped Culture  
"Popped Culture: A Social History of Popcorn in America" [1999]
by Andrew F. Smith

Smithsonian 9x6 pb [3/2001] for $11.87
Univ of SC Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [5/99] for $16.97

Valparaiso [IN] Popcorn Festival [Sept 2004 = #26]
Marion [OH] Popcorn Festival [Sept 2004 = #24]
Wyandot Popcorn Museum [est. 1982] in Marion OH
The Popcorn Board / The Popcorn Institute [est. 1998]
National Popcorn Day [origins unknown] is January 19th

Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet® Popping Corn [launched 1970] is owned by ConAgra Foods
The Popcorn Factory [est. 1979] in Lake Forest, Illinois
Papa Dean's Gourmet Popcorn [est. 1982] in San Antonio, Texas
Fireworks® All-Natural American Popcorn [est. 1988] in Wisconsin
Popcorn Palace: The World's Best Gourmet Popcorn [est. 1995] in Naperville, Illinois
Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn stores [est. 2002] based in El Segundo, California

Movie  Theater  Art

paintings by Edward Hopper [1882-1967]
Edward Hopper Art Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

Edward Hopper's The Sheridan Theater [1937] thumb

"The Sheridan Theater" [1937]
click for larger view

         Edward Hopper's New York Movie [1939] thumb

"New York Movie" [1939]
click for larger view

paintings by Stan Cline
This and other original nostalgia art prints available from Stan Cline's official website

Carthay Circle Theater, Beverly Hills 'adjacent', Los Angeles, California (circa 1928)
Carthay Circle Theater, Beverly Hills 'adjacent',
Los Angeles, California (circa 1928)

Movies  About  Movie  Theaters

"The Last Picture Show"
[Columbia Pictures Oct 1971]
Last Picture Show movie  Between WWII and the Korean War, high-schoolers in a failing Texas town learn lessons about life and love and themselves, symbolized by the falling attendance at the local movie house. Co-written & directed by Peter Bogdanovich; co-written by Larry McMurtry, based on his novel; starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Clu Gulager, Sam Bottoms & Randy Quaid; won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor [BJ] & Actress [CL], Oscar noms for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Script, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor [JB] & Actress [EB]; won BAFTA for Best Script, Best Supporting Actor [BJ] & Actress [CL], BAFTA noms for Best Film, Best Direction & Best Supporting Actress [EB]; nominated for DGA & WGA awards; listed on the National Film Registry in 1998
Sony 'Director's Cut' widescreen b&w DVD [11/99] for $14.99
Sony 'Director's Cut' widescreen b&w VHS [11/99] out of stock/used
Sony b&w VHS [6/94] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb
Last Picture Show novel  
"The Last Picture Show: A Novel" [Dial 1966]
S&S 8x5¼ pb [1/99] for $10.01
Amereon 9x5¾ hardcover [6/66] for $23.95
BooksOnTape audio [1/84] out of print/used

"The Majestic" [Castle Rock / Warner Dec 2001]
Majestic video  Capra-esque tale of a screenwriter caught in the blacklist troubles of the 1950s who gets amnesia and revitalizes the movie theater in a small town. Directed by Frank Darabont; starring Jim Carrey, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey DeMunn, Hal Holbrook, Laurie Holden, Amanda Detmer & Martin Landau
Warner color VHS [6/2002] for $19.99
Warner VHS w/Spanish subtitles [6/2002] for $19.99
Warner widescreen DVD [6/2002] for $22.99
Hollywood Rcds soundtrack CD [12/2001] for $13.49
full credits from IMDb
official movie site (with links to 21 movie palaces)

"Midnight Movie Massacre" aka "Attack From Mars" [indep 1988]
Midnight Movie Massacre / Attack From Mars 1988 B-movie  The alien spaceman from Mars is a vampire; he terrorizes staff and patrons at a movie theater in Burbank, California that is showing episodes of the 1950s b&w TV series "Space Patrol"; released on video in 2001 • Co-written & co-directed by Laurence Jacobs & Mark Stock; starring Robert Clarke, Ann Robinson, David Staffer, Tom Hutsler, Margi Robbins, Mary Stevens, Duke Howze, Andrew Goodman, Lori Davis, Tamara Sue Hill, Susan Murphy, Brad Bittiker, Stuart Allen, Charity Case, Dwayne Clark, Sara Strnad, Jim Cass, Von Clark, Vince Cabrera, David Lee Kious, John Kelly, Heidi Thomas, Mark Mossman, George Winton, Marty de Courcy, Mary Ramos, Neal Wilde, Kevin Brief, Terry Harms, Cindy Higgins, Dan DeLuca, Jim Zippo, John Paul Biscanin • full credits at IMDb
Image Ent. color/b&w DVD [8/2001] out of prodn/used

"Nuovo Cinema Paradiso"
[Italy 1988; 155 min. release]
Cinema Paradiso video  Written & directed by Giuseppe Tornatore; starring Philippe Noiret, Marco Leonardi, Salvatore Cascio, Jacques Perrin, Antonella Attili, Pupella Maggio & Brigitte Fossey (director's cut only); won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, 5 BAFTAs, Jury Grand Prize at Cannes & other awards
HBO widescreen DVD [3/2001] out of stock/used
HBO VHS w/English subtitles [3/2001] out of stock/used
Ennio Morricone soundtrack CD [6/91] for $14.99
DRG 'Extra Tracks' CD [6/2001] for $19.98
full credits from IMDb
June 2002 Director's Cut [3 hour release]
info on different versions from IMDb

"The Projectionist"  [Maglan 1971]
Projectionist video  The multi-level fantasy worlds of a movie theater projectionist. Written, produced & directed by Harry Hurwitz; starring Chuck McCann, Ina Balin, Rodney Dangerfield & Mike Gentry; carefully preserved and newly restored by the New York Museum of Modern Art
Image Ent widescreen DVD [4/2002] for $22.49
full credits from IMDb

"The Purple Rose of Cairo"  [Orion March 1985]
Purple Rose video  A Depression-era waitress goes to the movies for escape, and discovers that the hero of the movie has walked off the screen to escape into the real world. Written & directed by Woody Allen; starring Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Gil Shepherd, Danny Aiello, Dianne Wiest & Edward Herrmann
Anchor bay color VHS [9/90] out of stock/used
MGM/UA widescreen DVD [11/2001] for $17.98
full credits from IMDb

"Road, Movie" [India March 2010, USA May 2010]
Road, Movie from India by Dev Benegal  Eager to escape his boring smalltown life, Vishnu agrees to drive an ancient truck to the seacoast, and after leaving discovers that the truck contains an old touring cinema, with two movie projectors and a library of films; he picks up several hitchhikers and blunders into the domain of corrupt police and a water baron, but they manage to escape each night after showing one of the dazzling movies. Written & directed by Dev Benegal; starring Abhay Deol, Mohammed Faisal, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Yashpal Sharma & Veerendra Saxena
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie site

"Sherlock Jr." [B.K.P./M.G.M. 1924 silent film]
Our Hospitality + Sherlock Jr.  A movie theater projectionist is accused of stealing the pocket watch of his girlfriend's father; he fantasizes being a detective and solving the theft a la Sherlock Holmes • Co-produced & directed by and starring Buster Keaton [1895-1966]; also starring Kathryn McGuire & Joe Keaton; listed on National Film Registry (1991); listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005)
Kino Video b&w DVD [11/99] for $21.99
Kino Video b&w VHS [11/2001] for $18.95
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
video/DVD includes "Our Hospitality" [Schenck/M.G.M. 1923]: full credits from IMDb

"The Smallest Show On Earth" [British Lion 1957]
The Smallest Show On Earth 1957 comedy film  A typically-delightful British comedy, aka "Big Time Operators": A struggling married couple are surprised to inherit a movie theater from an uncle; they hope to sell it quickly, but discover that the run-down facility is kept going by a well-meaning but inept crew who have been employed there for decades. Directed by Basil Dearden; starring Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford, Peter Sellers, Bernard Miles, Francis De Wolff, Leslie Phillips, June Cunningham, Sid James, George Cross, George Cormack, Stringer Davis & Michael Corcoran
Miracle Pictures b&w DVD [2/2002] for $9.22
Times Film Corp b&w VHS [1/2003] for $1.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

forecourt of the world-famous Grauman's {now Mann's} Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California

Movie Palaces in the U.S.A.

Winslow Theater [built 1927], 115 No. Kinsley Avenue in Winslow, Arizona
Lewis Auditorium [Orpheum Theatre 1929] in Phoenix, Arizona
Fox Tucson Theatre [opened 1930, last movies 1974, now rental] in Tucson, Arizona
Pollack Tempe Cinemas in Tempe, Arizona

Northwest Arkansas Movies website

movie theaters in California: see below

The Boulder [CO] Theater [built 1906, expanded 1936]
Warner Bros. Theater [new 2012] at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC
Enzian Theater in Maitland, Florida
Silver Screen Theatre [est. 1982] 4plex, 7280 Plantation Road in Pensacola, Florida
Imperial Theatre [built 1917], 749 Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia
Palace Theatre [1925] in Hilo, Hawai'i
Panida Theater [1927] in Sandpoint, Idaho

Virginia Theatre [1921] in Champaign Park, Illinois
Biograph Theater [1914] in Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Theatre [1921] in Chicago, Illinois
Fine Arts Building [1885] & Sony Theaters in Chicago, Illinois
The Portage Theatre [1920] on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago, Illinois
Pickwick Theatre [built 1928] in Park Ridge, Illinois
The Arcada Theatre [1927] in St. Charles, Illinois

The Chief Theatre, 51 Main Street South in Britt, Iowa is now the Hobo Museum
GOLD STAR: built in 1899; converted into a movie theater in the 1950s; renovation in 1993; digital renovation & grand reopening with two screens 9/2013  Metropolitan Theater [built 1899] in Iowa Falls, Iowa
Mills Theater in Lake Mills, Iowa
Palace Theatre [1915] in Vinton, Iowa
Iowa Theater in Winterset, Iowa

Palace Theater [1928 United Artists] in Louisville, KY
Robinson Film Center [non-profit est. 2002], 617 Texas Street in Shreveport, LA
Brattle Hall [1890] & Film Foundation [est. 1953] in Cambridge, MA
Francis-Merrick Performing Arts Center [Hippodrome 1914] in Baltimore, MD
Senator Theatre [1939] in Baltimore, MD
State Theater [1929; now live performance] in Portland, ME
Railroad Square Cinema triplex in Waterville, ME
restored Fox Theatre [1928] in Detroit, Michigan
  Penn Theatre [built 1941], 760 Penniman Avenue in Plymouth, Michigan
  State Theater [rebuilt 1949] 233 E. Front Street in Traverse City, Michigan
Palace Theater in Luverne, MN
Ragtag Cinemacafé [est. 1998] in Columbia, MO
The Missouri Theatre [1928] in Columbia, MO
Missouri Theater [1927; now live performance] in St. Joseph, MO
New Crescent Theater in Belzoni, MS
historic Wilma Theatre [built 1920] in Missoula, MT
Midwest Theater [May 1946] in Scottsbluff, NE
The Palace Theatre [built 1915, restored 1974] in Manchester, New Hampshire
Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center [built 1920s, renovated 2010] in Plymouth, New Hampshire
Wilton Town Hall Theatre [built 1886], 40 Main Street in Wilton, New Hampshire

movie theaters in New Mexico: see below

movie theaters in New York: see below

The Carolina Theatre [built 1926, movies 1929] in Downtown Durham, NC
Rockingham Theatre [1929] in Reidsville, NC
Fargo Theatre [1926] in Fargo, ND

movie theaters in Ohio: see below

Poncan Theater [built 1927], 104 E. Grand Avenue in Ponca City, Oklahoma
Poteau Theater in Poteau, Oklahoma
Lakeside Theatre [built 1970] in Woodward, Oklahoma - destroyed by tornado 4/2012
Lakeside Cinema 6 [opening 8/2012] in Woodward, Oklahoma

movie theaters in Oregon: see below

Palace Theater [1926 Manos Theatre] in Greensburg, PA

South Carolina Movie Theatre & Drive-In History [est. 2005]

Palace Theater [Flanze Building 1868] in Maryville, TN
Palace Theater [1938] in Crossville, TN
4-screen Violet Crown Cinema and Bar & Cafe [], 434 W. Second Street in Austin, Texas
Cactus Theater [1938; restored 1995] in Lubbock, Texas
Aztec Theatre [built 1926, refurbished 2014], 104 No. St. Mary's Street in San Antonio, Texas
The Waco [TX] Hippodrome Theater [built 1914, restored 1987, renovated Summer 2014]

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain [est. 1996], based in Austin, Texas

INFO: live performance venue seating 266 opened in December 1926, was refurbished in 1981, and renovated further in 1998  Egyptian Theatre [open 1926], 328 Main Street in Park City, Utah
National Theater [1922] in Richmond, VA

movie theaters in Washington State: see below

Timbers Theatres in Siren, Wisconsin

Movie Palaces in California
Cinema Treasures listing of classic movie theaters in California

Towne Theater [Barnes 1916] in Fillmore, CA
Lobero Theater - live performance [1924] in Santa Barbara, CA
Granada Theater [1924] in Santa Barbara, CA
Stanford Theatre [1925] in Palo Alto, CA
Arlington Theater [Fox 1926] in Santa Barbara, CA
Golden State Theatre [1926] in Monterey, CA
Grand Lake Theater [1926] in Oakland, CA
La Paloma [1927] in Encinitas
California Theatre [1927-1977; restored 2004] in San Jose, CA
Hanford Fox Theatre [1929; reopened 1982] in Hanford, CA
Fox Theater [1930] in Bakersfield, CA
Beekay Theatre [built 1932, burned 1997, rebuilt 2008] in Tehachapi, CA
Sebastiani Theatre [1933] in Sonoma, CA
Cascade Theatre [opened 1935; restored 2004] in Downtown Redding, CA
historic Plaza Theater [Dec 1936] - home of 'The Palm Springs Follies'
Fortuna Theatre [1938] in Fortuna, CA
Tower Theatre [1938] in Sacramento, CA
Trinity Theatre [built 1939] in historic Weaverville, CA
Noyo Theatre [1939] in Willits, CA
Tower Theatre [1939] in Fresno, CA
Tower, Fresno architectural history
Del Oro Theatres [1940] in Grass Valley, CA
Fremont Theater [1940] in San Luis Obispo, CA
Crest Theatre [1946] in Sacramento, CA
Rio Theatre [1946] in Santa Cruz, CA
State Theatre [1946] in Red Bluff, CA,
Chabot Cinema [1948] in Castro Valley, CA
Cameo Cinema in St. Helena CA
Ridgecrest Cinemas in the Mojave Desert
The Varsity Theatre in Davis, CA
Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City, CA
Cinemas Palme d'Or in Palm Desert, CA
Camelot Theatres [est. 1967] in Palm Springs, CA
independent Prime 11 Cinemas in Anderson, CA
The Coast Cinemas Four in Ft. Bragg, CA

Los Angeles, California Area
Movieville (active theaters in Los Angeles)

Palace Theatre [1911] in Downtown L.A.
Grauman's Million-Dollar Theater [1918] in Downtown L.A.
    Save the Raymond Theatre [April 1921] in Pasadena, CA
Egyptian Theatre [Oct 1922] in Hollywood
Vista Theater [est. Oct 1923 as Bard's Hollywood] in East Hollywood, CA
The Art Theater - repertory cinema [1925] in Long Beach CA
Fox Fullerton [1925]
Alex Theatre [1925] in Glendale
El Portal Theatre [1926] in North Hollywood
Orpheum Theatre [1926] in Downtown L.A.
Henry Fonda Theatre [Music Box 1926] in Hollywood
El Capitan [1926] in Hollywood
Grauman's [now Mann's] Chinese Theatre [May 1927]
Balboa Theater on Balboa Island [1927]
Pantages Theatre [1930] in Hollywood
Warner Grand Theatre [1931] in San Pedro
Grand Vision Foundation preservation group [est. 1996]
Wiltern Theater [1931] in Mid-Wilshire area
Los Angeles Theatre [1931] in Downtown L.A.
Mann's Village Theater [1931] in Westwood Village
El Rey Theater [1936] on Wilshire 'Miracle Mile'
Mann's Bruin Theater [Fox 1938] in Westwood Village
Aero Theatre [1939] in Santa Monica
The Silent Movie Theater [1942] in Los Angeles
Bay Theatre [1947] in Seal Beach
Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo [est. 1968]
GOLD STAR: built 1920s, repertory cinema since 1978, purchased by Quentin Tarantino 12/2007  The New Beverly Cinema [repertory since 1978], 7165 W. Beverly Blvd. in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles
Mann's Plaza Theater in Westwood Village
Pacific 14 Theatres at The Grove
State Theater in Downtown L.A.
Tower Theater in Downtown L.A.
Fox Wilshire in Beverly Hills
Los Feliz 3 in East Hollywood
Downtown Independent Theatre, 251 So. Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles, California

Laemmle's Lido Theater in Newport Beach

ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood [former Cinerama Dome 1963]

San Francisco/ Oakland 'Bay Area'

Roxie Cinema [Poppy Theater 1912] in San Francisco, CA
Golden Gate Theatre [1920] in San Francisco, CA
Rafael Film Center [1918 & 1938] in San Rafael, CA
The Castro Theatre [1922] in San Francisco, CA
Oaks Theater [1925] in Berkeley, CA
Balboa Theater [1926] in San Francisco, CA
Grand Lake Theater [1926] in Oakland, CA
Orpheum Theatre [1926] in San Francisco, CA
Paramount Theatre [1931] in Oakland, CA tribute book [11/82] used
Orinda Theater [1941] in Orinda, CA
Park Theater [1941] in Lafayette, CA

Movie Palaces in New Mexico
CinemaTour's listing of movie theaters (past & present) in New Mexico

Fountain Theater [1905] in Mesilla, NM
Paris Theatre [1914-burned down 1945], 123 W. San Francisco Street in Santa Fe, NM
Shuler Theater [est. 1915] in Raton, NM
Luna Theater [1916; restored 1984] in Clayton, NM
Lyric Theater [1916, closed 1979] in Carrizozo, NM
Old Lyceum Theatre [1920] in Clovis, NM {fansite}
Silco Theater [1923] in Silver City, NM
Sunshine Theater [1924] in Downtown Albuquerque, NM: building + live events
Rio Grande Theatre [1926, restored 9/2005] in Las Cruces, New Mexico
KiMo Theater [1927] 423 Central Avenue NW in Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico
historic El Morro Theatre [1928] in Gallup, New Mexico
historic Oñate Theatre [1932], now Harla May's Fat Boy Grill [est. 2004] in Belén, New Mexico
Rio Theater [1935; closed 1952], 118 Central Avenue SW in Downtown Albuquerque, NM
Lobo Theater [1938; now a church], 3013 Central Avenue NE in Nob Hill District of Albuquerque, NM
El Rey Theatre [1941], 622 Central Avenue SW in Downtown Albuquerque, NM
El Paseo Theatre [1948-1980s; now retail], 123 W. San Francisco Street in Santa Fe, NM
Hiland Theater Building [1950], 4804 Central Ave. SE in East Albuquerque, NM
Guild Cinema [est. 1966], 3405 Central Ave. NE in Nob Hill District of Albuquerque, NM
Reel Deal Movie Theater [est. 2003] in Los Alamos, NM
Grande 12 Albuquerque IMAX Cinemas [open 2015] in Albuquerque's South Valley

Aztec Theater in Downtown Aztec, NM
Centennial Twin Cinema [1976-2007], 3030 E. Main Street in Farmington, New Mexico
historic Central Theater [built ??] in Downtown Belén, NM {now Hub Furniture [est. 1949]}
El Raton Theatre [open] in Raton, NM
Fantasy Park 9 Theater in Clovis, NM
Hilltop Twin Theatre in Clovis, NM
purchased by sci-fi author George R.R. Martin 4/2013, is being restored  Jean Cocteau Cinema {closed April 2006; reopened 8/2013} 418 Montezuma Avenue Downtown Santa Fe, NM
Kiva Theatre on Bridge Street in Las Vegas, NM
New Loma Stadium Cinema [re-opened 1/2009] in Socorro, NM
Lux Theater [closed] in Grants, NM
Odeon Theatre on Second Street in Tucumcari, NM
Pecos Theatre on Fourth Street in Santa Rosa, NM
Regal Cinemas IMAX-16 Theaters [ann. 10/2008] at Winrock Center in NE Albuquerque, NM
Rio West Twin Theater in Grants, NM
Roxy Theater, 2406 Central Avenue NE [Route 66] in Nob Hill District of Albuquerque, NM
Sandia Theater, 1816 W. Central Avenue [Route 66] in Albuquerque, NM
Santa Fe [NM] Film Center [2005]
The Screen: New Mexico's Cinematheque [est. 1998] at Santa Fe University of Art & Design
Serf Theater at Seventh & Douglas in Las Vegas, NM
Sierra Cinema {Allen Theatres} Triplex in Ruidoso, NM
Spanish Theater, 134 Isleta SW [closed 1962] in Albuquerque, NM
The Totah Theatre [est. 1948, renovated 2004] in Farmington, New Mexico
Tower Theatre in Portales, NM
Zia Theater in Ft. Sumner, NM

Movie Palaces in New York

Palace Theater [1931] in Albany, New York
reRun Gastropub Theater, 147 Front Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York City
Angelika Film Center art-house [1989] in New York City
Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street in New York City
The Village East Cinema, 181-189 Second Avenue in New York City

Upstate Films [est. 1972] non-profit operates two theater venues in Rhinebeck & Woodstock, New York

Movie Palaces in Ohio

Ada Theatre [1938] in Ada, Ohio
Cla-Zel Theater [1926] in Bowling Green, OH
Ohio Theatre [1928] in Columbus, Ohio
Palace Theatre [1926] in Columbus, Ohio
Elder Theatre [1941] in Jackson Center, Ohio
Kenton Theatre [1930s] in Kenton, Ohio
Detroit Theatre [built 1924, twinned 1989, demolished 2012] in Lakewood, Ohio was replaced by a McDonalds restaurant
Palace Theatre [1928] in Lorain, Ohio
1916 Lincoln Theater in Massillon, Ohio

Movie Palaces in Oregon
Fox Theatre in Dallas, OR
Cameo Theater [1937] & 99W Drive-In [1953] in Newberg, OR
McMenamins Bagdad Theater & Pub [1927] in Portland, OR
Hollywood Theater [1926] in Portland, OR
Laurelhurst Theater & Pub [1923] in Portland, OR
Elsinore Theatre [built 1926, restored 2004] in Salem, Oregon

Movie Palaces in Washington State
Everett Theater [1902 & 1924] in Everett, Washington
The Moore Theatre [built 1907], 1932 Second Avenue in Seattle, Washington
The Neptune Theatre [built 1921], 1303 NE 45th Street in U-District Seattle, Washington
Paramount Theatre [est. 1928], 911 Pine Street in Seattle, Washington
Landmark's Varsity Theatre [1940] in Seattle, Washington
Cinerama [1963] in Seattle, Washington
Fox Theater [1931] in Spokane, Washington

Movie Palaces Outside The U.S.
Garry Theatre in Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada
Scottish Cinemas and Theatres [est. 2001]
Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project (weblog)
The Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, London, U.K.
Tyneside Cinema newsreel theater [est. 1937] in Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.
Belguiral's Max Linder Panorama Theater [built 1912] in Paris 9ème, France

Theatre Organs

J.S. Bach Toccata & Fugue in D Minor  click to hear the 7min:31sec organ MIDI file

The Theatre Organ Home Page
American Theatre Organ Society [est. 1955]
Los Angeles [CA] Theatre Organ Society [est. 1961]
NorCal Theatre Organ Society [est. 1970] based in Berkeley, CA
Orange County [CA] Theatre Organ Society [est. 19??]
Schantz Organ Company [est. 1873] in Orrville, OH
Pipe Organ WebRing
Scottish Theatre Organ Preservation Society
Puget Sound [WA] Theatre Organ Society
Cinema Organ Society [UK]
Eugene Hayek's Theatre Pipe Organ Page
PipeChat BBS
Organ Historical Society [est. 1956]
American Guild of Organists
Brent Johnson's 'Organ Live' Project

1924 Wurlitzer 3/17 organ at San Gabriel [CA] Civic Auditorium
1927 Wurlitzer organ [restored 1982] at Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles
1928 Wurlitzer organ at Bay Theatre [built 1947] in Seal Beach, CA
1928 Wurlitzer organ at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA
1929 Page organ at Avalon Casino Theatre & Ballroom [1929] on Catalina Island
1929 Wurlitzer 4/37 organ at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, CA
1934 Skinner organ at Royce Hall, U.C.L.A. in Los Angeles, CA
1938 Möller organ [installed 1980] at Pasadena [CA] Civic Auditorium [built 1931]
Barton 3/13 organ at Wilshire Ebell Theatre [built 1927] in Los Angeles, CA
Wurlitzer 4/22 [installed 1969] at Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, CA
Wurlitzer 4/31 organ at Founder's Church in Los Angeles, CA
Wurlitzer 4/73 organ at Nethercutt Museum {requires Flash} in Sylmar, CA
Wurlitzer organ at Hanford Fox Theatre [built 1929] in Hanford, CA
Wurlitzer organ at Grand Lake Theater [built 1926] in Oakland, CA
dual-console 4/42 Wurlitzer organ at Berkeley [CA] Community Theatre

Gaylord Carter [1905-2000]
bio'Classic Themes' audio CDcredits at IMDb

Dennis James

Korla Pandit [1921-98]
recordingsofficial websiteVirtual Museum pagecredits at IMDb

Mighty Wurlitzer   "The Mighty Wurlitzer: Music for Movie-Palace Organs" [1992]
by Ann Leaf & Gaylord Carter

New World records audio CD [12/92] for $17.99
All The Stops / The Glorious Pipe Organ book by Craig R. Whitney   "All the Stops: The Glorious Pipe Organ & Its American Masters"
[2003] by Craig R. Whitney

Public Affairs 9¾x6¼ hardcover [4/2003] for $21.00
The Theatre Organ CD played by Laurence James & Ronald Curtis  "The Theatre Organ: Wurlitzer & Compton Theatre Organs" [1991]
Played by Laurence James & Ronald Curtis

Saydisc audio CD [4/95] for $17.98

Distribution  &  Exhibition

section kept growing, so split to its own page in 2009
Motion Picture Distribution & Exhibition Page
Online Channels Page

Natl. Assn. of Theatre Owners
list of U.S. movie theater chains at Wikipedia

Home Theater Store at Amazon

night-lit marquee of the Biograph Theater

Related  Links

Drive-In  Movie  Theaters  Page

Keep Indie Visible project: Don't let indpendent theaters go dark!
official websitecrowd funding at IndieGoGo

Cinema Treasures [preservation worldwide]
Cinema Tours [listings around the world]
Silver Screen [listings for France & USA]
Theatre Historical Society of America [est. 1969]
League of Historic American Theatres [est. 1976]
MikeSpace Historic Movie Palace listings
Rivest's Ultimate List of Movie Theatres & Drive-Ins
Silent Era Movie Theaters - USA

Classic Movies on the Big Screen
BigScreenBiz: USA Independents
BigScreenBiz: USA Chains
University of Virginia 'American Picture Palaces' site
Drive-In & Hardtop Intermission Films Archive
Roadside Peek's Grand Theaters photo gallery
American Magic-Lantern Theater in East Haddam CT
Filmack Studios in Chicago - stock trailers [est. 1919]

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Lumière (French-language site about theaters in France)
Cinema Theatre Assn. [U.K.]
Cinema and Theatre Historical Society [Victoria, Australia]
Silent Era Theaters - Worldwide
Cinema Theatres in Sweden [English/Swedish]
Daj Mi Kino! organization: site in English or site in Croatian

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