American Theatre Architecture Archive
The collections housed in the American Theatre Architecture Archive (ATAA) contain information on over 16,000 theatres (both domestic and international) and span nearly every style and period of theatre architecture. In addition, they contain historical artifacts and resources documenting the social and cultural heritage of movie theatres and performing arts venues in America.
Our collections are composed of photographs, negatives, slides, postcards, artists’ renderings, scrapbooks, books, periodicals, business records, blueprints and architectural drawings, supplier and trade catalogs, architectural artifacts, theatre furnishings, ushers’ uniforms, and numerous other items relating to theatre buildings and their cultural and social history.
THS is actively digitizing its collections for wider public access and they can be searched online. To search our online catalog, click here. If your search returns less than you’d hope, please contact us — the catalog is a work in-progress.
Fees are charged for additional staff time and personal & commercial use of findings from our collections including images, original artwork and the like. These fees support ongoing preservation and collection management. Click here to view the full fee schedule, or contact the Archives Director.