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American Theatres of Today

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Volumes 1 and 2 by R.F. Sexton and B.F. Betts

“[This is] the classic 1920s-30s book on movie palaces and legitimate theatres, American Theatres of Today. This important reference work has long been out of print and is being reissued to mark the Theatre Historical Society of America’s 40th anniversary. The book, by R.W. Sexton and B.F. Betts, was originally published as two separate volumes in 1927 and 1930, and is one of the very few theatre books produced during the era when movie palaces were being built all across the country. The 368-page volume features 113 theatres, 275 photographs and 278 drawings and plans, along with an introduction by famed showman Samuel L. ‘Roxy’ Rothafel. To do justice to this very special book, the original volumes were scanned using the latest technology and equipment, and THS is publishing it in a single volume, as originally produced with large-format 9 x 12 inch pages, and printed on heavy acid-free paper”. —Film Journal International

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Product Description

Originally issued as two volumes in 1927 and 1930, this is one of the very few books on theatres produced during the era when movie palaces were being built all across the country. It contains chapters on many design and operational aspects of theatres of the period, and is 368 pages, with 113 theatres, 275 photographs, 278 plans and illustrations. This high quality 2009 reprint, sponsored by Theatre Historical Society of America, is a single hard-bound volume in the original large format and using thick acid-free paper. The cover features gold-stamped text, with blue cloth binding for the spine and textured paper sides. In addition to the alphabetical index, there are cross reference indexes by theatre name, location and architect, as well as a list of corrections and clarifications to the original edition.

Geographical Index of Theatres Featured (referenced by the original Volumes I and II page numbers):

  • Birmingham, AL: Alabama Theatre       I: 68-74
  • Little Rock, AR: Proposed Theatre          I: 174-75
  • Beverly Hills, CA: Fox Wilshire Theatre II: 56
  • Corona, CA: Corona Theatre      II: 146-48
  • Hollywood, CA: El Capitan Theatre       I: 132-34
  • Hollywood, CA: Granada Theatre          I: 160-61
  • Hollywood, CA: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre       I: 46-49
  • Hollywood, CA: Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre     I: 90-93
  • Hollywood, CA: Hollywood Bowl           II: 4
  • Hollywood, CA: Music Box Theatre        I: 94-95
  • Hollywood, CA: Pantages Theatre          II: 20-21
  • Hollywood, CA: Warner Brothers Theatre           II: 118-22
  • Los Angeles, CA: Belasco Theatre           I: 15, 80-82
  • Los Angeles, CA: Carthay Circle Theatre            II: 99-101
  • Los Angeles, CA: Mayan Theatre          II: 102-5
  • Los Angeles, CA: Orpheum Theatre       I: 24, 122-25
  • Los Angeles, CA: Pellissier Theatre See Wiltern Theatre
  • Los Angeles, CA: Stadium Theatre         II: 61, 63-66, 154-55
  • Los Angeles, CA: Wiltern Theatre         II: 40
  • Los Angeles, CA: Wyatt Park Square Theatre      II: 3
  • Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Community Playhouse    II: 136-37
  • Santa Barbara, CA: Lobero Theatre        I: 172-73
  • Jacksonville, FL: Florida Theatre           I: 76-79
  • Jacksonville, FL: Imperial Theatre          I: 104-6
  • Jacksonville, FL: Palace Theatre I: 2, 144-45
  • Jacksonville, FL: Riverside Theatre        I: 135
  • Lakeland, FL: Palace Theatre     I: 139
  • Plant City, FL: Capitol Theatre I: 83
  • Tampa, FL: Tampa Theatre      I: 13-14
  • Atlanta, GA: Keith’s Georgia Theatre     I: 158-59
  • Valdosta, GA: Ritz Theatre       I: 108-9
  • Chicago, IL: Apollo Theatre       I: 12
  • Chicago, IL: Chicago Opera House (Civic Opera House) Theatre    II: 68-73
  • Chicago, IL: Cinema Art Theatre           II: 160-64
  • Chicago, IL: Harris Theatre       I: 8, 23, 35, 153
  • Chicago, IL: Oriental Theatre    I: 25
  • Chicago, IL: Paradise Theatre    II: 134-5
  • Chicago, IL: Roosevelt Theatre   I: 10, 121
  • Chicago, IL: Selwyn Theatre      I: 8, 117
  • Park Ridge, IL: Pickwick Theatre           II: 64, 85, 131-33
  • Boston, MA: Metropolitan Theatre         I: 56-59
  • Detroit, MI: Annex Theatre      I: 5, 15, 20, 170-71
  • Detroit, MI: Fisher Theatre       II: 80-83
  • Detroit, MI: Fox Theatre II: 74-79
  • Detroit, MI: Players’ Playhouse Theatre   I: 150-52
  • Detroit, MI: United Artists Theatre        II: 65, 106-7
  • Detroit, MI: Wilson Theatre      II: 124-27
  • Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis Theatre I: 98-103
  • Kansas City, MO: Midland Theatre       II: 28
  • St. Joseph, MO: Electric Theatre            I: 9, 168-69
  • St. Joseph, MO: Missouri Theatre          I: 146-49
  • Charlotte, NC: Carolina Theatre           I: 110-11
  • Lincoln, NE: Lincoln Theatre    I: 136-38
  • Jersey City, NJ: Central Theatre            I: 17
  • Jersey City, NJ: Jersey Theatre   II: 62, 65
  • Jersey City, NJ: Journal Square Theatre See Jersey Theatre
  • Montclair, NJ: Bellevue Theatre            I: 86-87
  • Montclair, NJ: Clairidge Theatre           I: 17
  • Orange, NJ: Embassy Theatre     I: 19
  • Albuquerque, NM: Kimo Theatre         II: 138-41
  • Babylon, NY: Capitol Theatre    I: 3
  • Brooklyn, NY: Carlton Theatre   I: 17
  • Brooklyn, NY: Fox Theatre        II: 22
  • Brooklyn, NY: Kings Theatre     II: 30, 37, 48, 158-59
  • Brooklyn, NY: Loew’s Coney Island Theatre         I: 9, 118-20
  • Brooklyn, NY: Paramount Theatre          II: 123
  • Brooklyn, NY: Pitkin Theatre     II: 29
  • Brooklyn, NY: St. George Theatre           II: 58, 144-45
  • Irvington, NY: Sanford Theatre  I: 19
  • Jackson Heights, NY: Boulevard Theatre            I: 16
  • New York, NY: 175th Street Theatre      II: 23
  • New York, NY: Biltmore Theatre           I: 9, 20
  • New York, NY: Embassy Theatre            I: 20, 157
  • New York, NY: Forty-Sixth Street Theatre          I: 84-85
  • New York, NY: Grand Theatre  I: 154-56
  • New York, NY: Guild Theatre   I: 23, 165
  • New York, NY: Hollywood Theatre         II: 24-27
  • New York, NY: Inwood Theatre I: 88-89
  • New York, NY: Majestic Theatre            I: 11
  • New York, NY: Mansfield Theatre         I: 9
  • New York, NY: Martin Beck Theatre      I: 12
  • New York, NY: Modjeska Theatre See Majestic Theatre
  • New York, NY: Music Box Theatre         I: 10, 12
  • New York, NY: Paradise Theatre            II: 63, 66, 116-17
  • New York, NY: Paramount Theatre        I: 10, 27, 31, 34, 50-55
  • New York, NY: Roxy Theatre    I: 7, 40-45
  • New York, NY: Royale Theatre  I: 6, 11-12, 107
  • New York, NY: Ziegfeld Theatre            I: 8, 128-31
  • Port Chester, NY: Capitol Theatre         I: 15, 38-39
  • Rochester, NY: Eastman Theatre           I: 62-67
  • Rochester, NY: Keith Albee Theatre       II: 60
  • Suffern, NY: Lafayette Theatre   I: 6, 143
  • Toledo, OH: Paramount Theatre            II: 113-15
  • Irwin, PA: Maute Theatre          II: 149-51
  • Lewistown, PA: Embassy Theatre           II: 128-30
  • Oil City, PA: Colonel Drake Theatre      II: 12
  • Philadelphia, PA: Erlen Theatre            II: 12
  • Philadelphia, PA: La Trianon Theatre [Proposed]         II: 7
  • Philadelphia, PA: Midway Theatre [Proposed] II: Frontispiece, 152-53
  • Philadelphia, PA: Paragon Theatre [Proposed]  II: 8
  • Philadelphia, PA: Proposed Theatre        II: 59, 156-57
  • Philadelphia, PA: State Theatre II: 92-98
  • Philadelphia, PA: Uptown Theatre        II: 84, 86-91
  • State College, PA: Cathaum Theatre      II: 142-43
  • West Chester, PA: Proposed Theatre      II: 10-11
  • Woonsocket, RI: Stadium Theatre          I: 36, 162-64
  • Houston, TX: Kirby Theatre      I: 30, 126-27
  • Houston, TX: Loew’s Theatre    I: 18, 60-61
  • Houston, TX: Metropolitan Theatre        I: 140-42
  • San Antonio, TX: Majestic Theatre        II: 1, 44, 67
  • San Antonio, TX: Proposed Theatre        I: 166-67
  • San Antonio, TX: Texas Theatre            I: 11, 114-16
  • Richmond, VA: Capitol Theatre I: 75
  • Milwaukee, WI: Riverside Theatre         II: 66, 108-12
  • Unknown location: Neptune Theatre [Proposed] II: 6
  • Unknown location: Playhouse, The [Proposed]    II: 2

368 pages
9″ x 12″, hardcover

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