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An atmospheric theatre is a historical type of movie palace (cinema) that used design and architectural elements to to convey an impression of being seated in a fantastic foreign setting, which might be anything from a palace or village square to a garden or outdoor auditorium at night, including the illusion of an open sky complete with twinkling stars.[1][2] The first such cinema considered to fully feature the new style was the Majestic Theatre, built in 1923 in Houston, Texas in the US.[1][2] Movie palace is a synonym for movie theater, but nowadays usually used for the grand art deco cinemas of the 1910s to 1940s, contrasting with modern multiplexes. ... An auditorium is the area within a theatre, concert hall or other performance space where the audience is located in order to hear and watch the performance. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized...

The style caught on quickly in the US and around the world, as it promised an escape from the often economically difficult times of the 1920s into a type of fantasy world, where not only the movie but also the building aided the transfer. The setting of an outdoor garden, or a palace with arts objects and statues, helped people forget reality for a time. The buildings were also cheaper to construct that the technically more grandiose cinemas of the time, which called for high vaulted arches or domes, with expensive chandeliers as opposed to projected clouds and handful of low-wattage stars.[1] However, many also included quite intricate elements, such as those built in the Art Deco style. Asheville City Hall. ...

Main proponent of the style was John Eberson, who built the first cinema of its style, and before his death designed around 500 in the US and around the world, personally selecting the furnishings and art objects. While he had many competitors, none "had quite the same air of midsummer's night in dreamland as Eberson's originals".[1] John Eberson (1875 - 1964) was a Romanian born American architect best known for his movie palace designs. ...


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  1. ^ a b c d The Atmospheric Style of Theatre Design - Mendiola, Sister Christine; Master's Thesis, University of Akron, 1974
  2. ^ a b c Auckland Civic Theatre (database entry in the Historic Places Register New Zealand)

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External links

  • Stanley Theater/Newark Gospel Tabernacle (private website, including photos, about a former atmospheric theatre set in a palace courtyard)



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