Cinema Treasures: A New Look at Classic Movie Theatres by Ross Melnick & Andreas Fuchs Hardcover: 208 pages Publisher: MBI; First Edition October 15, 2004 ISBN-10: 0760314926 ISBN-13: 978-0760314920 Condition: Green, waxy substance has adhered itself to small portion on back of the dust jacket. While the jacket is worn, the book itself is like new with clean, tight pages.
More than 100 years after the first movie delighted audiences, movie theaters remain the last great community centers and one of the few amusements any family can afford. While countless books have been devoted to films and their stars, none have attempted a truly definitive history of those magical venues that have transported moviegoers since the beginning of the last century. In this stunningly illustrated book, film industry insiders Ross Melnick and Andreas Fuchs take readers from the nickelodeon to the megaplex and show how changes in moviemaking and political, social, and technological forces (e.g., war, depression, the baby boom, the VCR) have influenced the way we see movies. Photographs from archives like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and movie theater ephemera (postcards, period ads, matchbooks, and even a “barf bag”) sourced from private collections complement Melnick’s informative and engaging history. Also included throughout the book are Fuchs’ profiles detailing 25 classic movie theaters that have been restored and renovated and which continue to operate today. Each of these two-page spreads is illustrated with marvelous modern photographs, many taken by top architectural photographers. The result is a fabulous look at one way in which Americans continue to come together as a nation. A timeline throughout places the developments described in a broader historical context.
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