The Golden Age of Hollywood


Picture Palaces

This group is dedicated to the great, and not so great, picture palaces that showed all the movies and their stars that we all love. It is a place to share stories of past experiences of going to the movies.

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Behold, Brooklyn's Magnificently Restored Kings Theatre

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11 Things We No Longer See in Movie Theaters

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The Egyptian Theatre

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Comment by Dave Miller on November 18, 2012 at 10:50pm

Hills in Rochester MI

Berkley marquee in Berkley, Mi.

Lakeview Theater in St. Clair Shores, Mi.

Comment by Paco Malo on November 18, 2012 at 4:56pm

I'm with you Patti. There's nothing like seeing a classic film in a '20s movie palace.

Comment by Philip C Binstead on November 18, 2012 at 4:39pm

Hi Guys,

Apologies for the previous messge I tried to transfer from Email, just trying to recommend an excellent book by David Naylor titled American Picture Palaces - The Architecture of Fantasy, no publishing date in the book but 20 25years ago maybe, it has some stunning colour plates and monochrome to, a worthwhile addition to anyone interested in the evolution of cinema and movie going, a good secong hand book site such as Alibris or ebay global is worth a try to get a copy you wont be dissapointed. cheers,


Comment by Philip C Binstead on November 18, 2012 at 4:31pm
Hi Guys,
I'd like to suggest a book to look out for maybe on ebay or other good
sites like Alibris, It's called American Picture Palaces - The Architecture
of Fantasy by David Naylor published by the Van Nostran Rheinhold
Company no publishng date unfortunatly but about 20years ago
I would think, I thoroughly recommend the book it has many colour
plates as well as black and white, a joy to look through many movie
theatres long gone and some that at the time of publication were
being restored and more sadly to be demolished, a worthwhile
addition to anyones movie book library.
Comment by les whitcomb on November 18, 2012 at 2:41pm


Comment by Paco Malo on November 18, 2012 at 12:51pm

Dave, thanks for the invitation.

We are very lucky down here in Tampa to still have our one remaining movie palace both up and running as also showing both classic films as well as serving as a venue for concerts.

The other pictures I've seen here so far are great. I'm looking forward to following this group.

Comment by Dave Miller on November 18, 2012 at 12:44pm

Great pics, Paco, thanks for sharing. Ken, I miss the theater I grew up attending. The last I saw of it, it was a thrift store or something. So sad.

Comment by Paco Malo on November 18, 2012 at 12:04pm

The Historic Tampa Theatre, Film Opening (1934)

Tampa Theatre, (view from the balcony)

Current, after theatre restoration -- photo from their website)

Clara Bow film premiere at the Tampa Theatre

(local beauty parlor set up in the theatre lobby to give ladies attending the premiere "The It Girl" hairstyle)

Comment by Kenneth Walker on November 18, 2012 at 11:56am

We only have one"atmospheric "theater now with a cloud/ starlight ceiling and art deco interior. The United Artist which dates back to the mid twenties.All the rest of our old movie met the wrecking ball fate alas!


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