Cinema Houston: From Nickelodeon to Megaplex (Roger Fullington Series in Architecture)

Cinema Houston: From Nickelodeon to Megaplex (Roger Fullington Series in Architecture)

David Welling


Cinema Houston celebrates a colourful century of motion picture theatres and moviegoing in Texas's biggest urban. Illustrated with greater than 2 hundred ancient pictures, newspaper clippings, and ads, it lines the historical past of Houston motion picture theatres from their early twentieth-century beginnings in vaudeville and nickelodeon homes to the opulent downtown theatres inbuilt the Nineteen Twenties (the Majestic, Metropolitan, Kirby, and Loew's State). It additionally captures the buzz of the local theatres of the Nineteen Thirties and Nineteen Forties, together with the Alabama, Tower, and River Oaks; the theatres of the Fifties and early Nineteen Sixties, together with the Windsor and its Cinerama roadshows; and the multicinemas and megaplexes that experience come to dominate the motion picture scene because the overdue 1960s.

While protecting the glories of Houston's misplaced motion picture palaces—only some of these historical theatres nonetheless survive—Cinema Houston additionally vividly re-creates the moviegoing event, chronicling dead night motion picture insanity, summer season nights on the drive-in, and, in fact, all these tasty snacks on the concession stand. certain to entice a large viewers, from motion picture lovers to devotees of Houston's architectural historical past, Cinema Houston captures the bygone period of the city's motion picture homes, from the lowbrow to the chic, the hi-tech sound of 70mm Dolby and THX to the crackle of a drive-in speaker on a funky spring evening.

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