The American Theatre Architecture Museum showcases memorabilia and changing displays highlighting selections from our collections. Through these exhibits we invite our visitors to deeply explore the architectural, cultural and social history of America’s theatres. Museum exhibits are changed regularly, so check back often!
Admission to the Museum is FREE although donations are gratefully accepted. Small group tours (up to 20 people) are welcome by prior appointment. Please note the Museum is located on the second floor with no elevator.
Movies in the Moonlight: The Life and Times of the American Drive-in Movie Theatre
Exhibit runs February 2013 – January 2014.
2013 marks the 80th anniversary of the Drive-In theatre. Our new exhibit Movies in the Moonlight traces the rise and fall of the American Drive-In theatre from the first Drive-In theatre, opened June 6, 1933 in Camden, New Jersey, to the peak of their popularity in 1950s and 1960s, to their decline into a quasi-novelty status.
Movie Exhibition: From Film to Digital
Exhibit runs February 2012 – April 2013.
This exhibit follows the history of projection and the transition from film to digital presentation as well as the impact of the new technology on theatres. The exhibit includes special format movie projections like Smell-o-vision, AromaRama, Sensurround, and 3-D.
Theatre Architecture: Tangible Illusion
Exhibit runs May 2012 – April 2013.
This exhibit uses artifacts, photographs and text panels to describe the different types of theatre buildings. From the early opera houses, to the grand movie palaces of the 1920s, to the Drive-in theatres of the 1950s.