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Uptown Theatre, Chicago, 2005. Based on the size of its footprint, the Uptown Theatre in Chicago is reputed to be the largest movie palace in the United States.
Uptown Theatre, Chicago, 2005. Based on the size of its footprint, the Uptown Theatre in Chicago is reputed to be the largest movie palace in the United States.

Movie palace is a US English synonym for movie theater, but nowadays usually used within the USA for the grand cinemas of the 1910s to early 1960s, contrasting with modern multiplexes. In the United Kingdom such cinemas are referred to as picture palaces. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... American English or U.S. English is the diverse form of the English language used mostly in the United States of America. ... Synonyms (in ancient Greek, συν (syn) = plus and όνομα (onoma) = name) are different words with similar or identical meanings. ... A typical multiplex (AMC Promenade 16 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, United States). ...


There are three building types in particular which can be subsumed under the label movie palace. First, the ‘standard’ movie palace , with its eclectic and luxurious period-revival architecture; second, the atmospheric theatre with its fantasy environments fashioned after ‘exotic’ cultures, and finally, the Art Deco theaters that became popular in the 1930s. 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...

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See also: Atmospheric theatre

Grand vaudeville theatres began to show motion pictures in the early 20th century, but the development of the feature film led to the development of dedicated movie theatres. The Mark Strand Theater in New York City, opened in 1913 by Mitchell Mark at the cost of one-million dollars, is usually cited as the first movie palace of the United States, and its success in drawing the upper middle class to the movies spurred others to follow suit. 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... This article is about the musical variety theatre. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... In 1914, Mitchell Mark opened the Mark Strand Theater at 47th Street and Broadway in New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Many movie palace architects, like studio heads, were often first generation Americans, notably John Eberson, Thomas W. Lamb, and the impresario S.L. "Roxy" Rothapfel. Other pioneers include the Chicago firm of Rapp and Rapp, which designed the Chicago Theatre, the Uptown, and the Oriental, and Sid Grauman, who built the first movie palace on the West Coast, Los Angeles' "Million Dollar Theater," in 1918. John Eberson (1875 - 1964) was a Romanian born American architect best known for his movie palace designs in the atmospheric theatre fashion. ... Thomas White Lamb (1871 - 1942) was one of the foremost American theater and cinema architects in the late 19th Century and early 20th Centuries. ... A showman of the 1920s silent screen era, Samuel Roxy Rothafel was the impresario for many of the great movie palaces such as the Capitol, the Strand, and the self-named Roxy Theater in New York City. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... The Paramount Building on Times Square, designed by Rapp & Rapp The architectural firm Rapp and Rapp was active in Chicago during the early 20th century. ... This article is about the landmark theater. ... Uptown Theatre, Chicago, 2005. ... The Oriental Theatre is located in Chicago, Illinois on Randolph Street. ... Sidney Patrick Grauman (March 17, 1879 - March 5, 1950) was an American showman who created one of Southern Californias most recognizable and visited landmarks, Graumans Chinese Theater. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... The Million Dollar Theater on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, opened in February 1918, is one of the first movie palaces built in the United States. ...


As their name implies, movie palaces, like other products of the age, were advertised to "make the average citizen feel like royalty." While inscribed with democratic sayings and patriotic imagery, they consciously referenced the grandeur of aristocratic Europe and were often decorated in European fashion.[1]


Eberson specialized in the subgenre of "atmospheric" theatres. His first, of the five hundred in his career, was the 1923 Majestic in Houston, Texas. The atmospherics usually conveyed the impression of sitting in an outdoor courtyard, surrounded by highly ornamented asymmetrical facades and exotic flora and fauna, underneath a dark blue canopy; when the lights went out, the Brenograph magic lantern machine would begin to project clouds, constellations, and special celestial effects and illusions on the ceiling. Houston redirects here. ...


Lamb's theatre style was based on the more straightforward, 'hardtop' form patterned on opera houses, but no less ornate. Some of these theatres were ornamented to a ridiculous extent, in a kitchen-sink exoticism where referenced visual styles wildly collided with each other: church Gothic, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Spanish Gothic, Hindu, Babylonian, Aztec, Mayan, Orientalist, Italian Renaissance, and (after the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922) Egyptian Revival, all mixed, matched and bastardized. This wealth of ornament was not merely for aesthetic effect. It was calculated social engineering, distraction, and traffic management, meant to work on human bodies and minds in a specific way. Today, most of these movie palaces operate as regular theaters, showcasing plays and operas. New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Opera Bolshoi Theatre. ... Egyptian Revial mausoleum of Maj. ...


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List of movie palaces

This is a list of selected movie palaces, with location and year of construction.

The Alabama Theatre was built in 1927 by Paramount Studios as an Alabama showcase for Paramount films. ... Nickname: Location in Jefferson County in the state of Alabama Coordinates: , Country State Counties Jefferson, Shelby Incorporated December 19, 1871 Government  - Type Mayor - Council  - Mayor Bernard Kincaid (Current) Larry Langford (Mayor-Elect) Area  - City 151. ... The Arlington Theater is Santa Barbaras largest movie theater and main performing arts venue. ... Nickname: Location in Santa Barbara County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Barbara Government  - Mayor Marty Blum Area  - Total 41. ... The Alex theatre, before the 1940 renovation The Alex Theatre is a historic landmark located at 216 North Brand Boulevard in Glendale, California. ... Nickname: Location of Glendale within Los Angeles County and the State of California. ... Aztec On The River Theater Aztec Theater in 1959 Special Effects Show in the Grand Lobby 104 N. St. ... San Antonio redirects here. ... Tuscaloosa is a city in west central Alabama in the southern United States. ... Located at 2433-43 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, the Biograph Theater is famous because it is the location where bank robber John Dillinger was gunned down by police in 1934. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The Byrd Theatre, named after William Byrd I and William Byrd II, founders of Richmond, Virginia, is one of Virginias finest cinema treasures in the United States of America. ... Nickname: Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country State Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ... Opera San Jose is the professional opera company in San Jose, California, USA, founded in 1984 by Irene Dalis. ... For other uses, see San José. Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California Location of San Jose with the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Clara Pueblo founded November 29, 1777 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Type charter city, mayor-council  - Mayor Chuck Reed  - Vice... Capitol Cinema lobby The Capitol Cinema (constructed 1920, demolished 1970) was the largest and most impressive movie theatre ever built in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and was the citys only true movie palace. ... -1... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... The Carolina Theatre is an historic landmark in downtown Durham, North Carolina. ... Nickname: Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Country State Counties Durham, Orange, Wake Government  - Mayor Bill Bell Area  - City  94. ... Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... This article is about the landmark theater. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The Congress Theatre is the principal theatre in Torfaen. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The Coronado Theatre, located at 314 North Main Street in Rockford, Illinois, is a 2,400 seat theater designed by architect Frederick J. Klein. ... , Nickname: The Forest City Country State County Township Elevation 715 ft (218 m) Coordinates , Area 56. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Crest Theatre is a historic theatre located in downtown Sacramento, California. ... Sacramento redirects here. ... The entrance to the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres Interior of Winter Garden Theatre The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres are a pair of stacked theatres in Toronto, Canada. ... Graumans Egyptian Theatre, 1922 Graumans Egyptian Theatre, at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California is a world famous movie theatre that opened in 1922. ... The El Capitan Theatre is a fully restored movie palace at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. ... The Florida Theatre is a historic U.S. theater in Jacksonville, Florida. ... Jacksonville redirects here. ... The Fox Theatre (often marketed as the Fabulous Fox) in Atlanta, Georgia is one of the grand movie palaces built in the United States in the 1920s. ... Atlanta redirects here. ... The Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit, Michigan is a historic Roaring Twenties theater. ... Detroit redirects here. ... The Fox Theatre was a 4,651 seat movie palace located at 1350 Market Street in San Francisco, California. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... The Fox Theatre is arguably the most spectacular theatres in St. ... St. ... The Gateway Theatre, now part of the Copernicus Cultural and Civic Center in the Jefferson Park community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States , is the sole surviving atmospheric-style theatre in the Chicagoland area. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The Grand Lake Theater is a multiplex cinema located in the Grand Lake neighborhood of Oakland, California. ... Oakland redirects here. ... Completed in 1922, the Hawaii Theatre is considered the premier example of Hawaiian art deco. ... For the city and county of Honolulu, see City & County of Honolulu. ... For other places with the same name, see Jefferson Theater (disambiguation). ... Charlottesville is an independent city located within the confines of Albemarle County in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States, and named after Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the queen consort of King George III of the United Kingdom. ... Look up lift in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Village of Suffern, New York, viewed from the top of Nordkop Mountain Suffern is a village in Rockland County, New York, USA near the southern border of the county and the state in the Town of Ramapo. ... Landmark Theater, Richmond, VA. The Landmark Theater in Richmond, VA is a theater at the southwest corner of Monroe Park. ... The Lensic Theater, located at 211 West San Francisco Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an 821 seat theater designed by Boller Brothers of Kansas City, well known movie theater and vaudeville house architects who designed almost one hundred theaters throughout the West and mid-West, including the KiMo... Nickname: Location in Santa Fe County, New Mexico Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Fe Founded ca. ... Now known as the United Palace Theatre, this one of 5 Loews Wonder Theaters opened in 1930 at 175th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, New York City. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Loews Grand Theatre was a movie theater in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Loews Jersey Theater opened in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1929. ... The Loews Kings Theater was a movie palace in Brooklyn, New York City from 1929 to the late 1970s. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... Bronx redirects here. ... This article is about the state. ... Heinz Hall hosts the renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Pittsburghs Cultural District. ... Heinz Hall hosts the renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Pittsburghs Cultural District. ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... NOLA redirects here. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... This article is about the state. ... The Los Angeles Theatre is a 2,000 seat auditorium in the historic Broadway theater district in Downtown Los Angeles. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... The Mainstreet Theater, also commonly referred to as The Empire Theater, is a historic theater located at 1400 Main Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... The Michigan Theater is a movie palace in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ... Ann Arbor redirects here. ... The lobby of the Michigan Theater as it appeared in 1927, left and as it appears now, right. ... The Ohio Theatre The Ohio Theatre is the official state theater of Ohio,[] located in downtown Columbus on the former site of the old Columbus City Hall. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country State Counties Franklin, Fairfield, Delaware Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City 212. ... This article is about the theater in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... The Olympia Theater and Office Building (also known as the Maurice Gusman Cultural Center) is a historic theater in Miami, Florida, United States. ... Miami redirects here. ... Photograph of the Ouimetoscope as it existed in 1908 The Ouimetoscope was the first theater dedicated exclusively to showing movies in Canada[1]. Inaugurated on January 1, 1906 at the corners of Saint Catherine Street and Montcalm streets, in Montreal, Canada from a converted cabaret with 500 seats and a... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... The Oriental Theatre is located in Chicago, Illinois on Randolph Street. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... The Oriental Theatre is located in the East Side neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin It was built and opened in 1927 as a movie palace. ... For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation). ... The Orpheum Theatre with advertising for the movie Lady Luck. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... The Palace Theatre is an entertainment venue in downtown Albany, New York. ... This article is about the state. ... The Palace Theater is a theater in Playhouse Square Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... LeVeque Tower is a 47-story Art Deco skyscraper in Columbus, Ohio. ... LeVeque Tower is a 47-story Art Deco skyscraper in Columbus, Ohio. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country State Counties Franklin, Fairfield, Delaware Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City 212. ... The Paramount Theater (2005). ... Oakland redirects here. ... The Paramount Theatre is located at 125 4th Avenue NE, Austin in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... Interstate 90 Business Loop (Oakland Avenue) runs through the center of Austin. ... Paramount Theater or Paramount Theatre may refer to: Paramount Theater in Oakland, California Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas Paramount Theatre in Anderson, Indiana Paramount Theater in New York City Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Type Commission  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 145. ... Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Heathman Hotel The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is a historic theater building and performing arts center in Portland, Oregon. ... The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington is a 2,807-seat performing arts venue at 9th Avenue and Pine Street in Downtown in the United States of America. ... Peerys Egyptian Theater is located at 2439 Washington Blvd. ... Ogden sign over Washington Boulevard at the Ogden River; toward downtown Ogden is a city in and the county seat of Weber County,[3] Utah, United States. ... A view of Lakelands business district, early 1920s Lakeland is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States, located approximately midway between Tampa and Orlando along Interstate 4. ... Pomona Fox Theater The Pomona Fox Theater is a former movie palace, now owned by Gerald Investments Inc. ... Nickname: Location in Los Angeles County and the State of California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Government  - Mayor Norma Torres Area  - Total 22. ... Quo Vadis Entertainment Center, Westland, Michigan, 2007. ... Westland is a city located in Wayne County, Michigan. ... The Redford Theatre in Detroit, MI has served as an entertainment venue since it opened on January 27, 1928. ... The Rex is an art deco cinema (designed by David Nye in 1936) that was opened in 1938 in Berkhamsted, England, and subsequently closed in 1988. ... , Berkhamsted is a historic town of some 19,000 people. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Reidsville is a city located in Rockingham County, North Carolina. ... The Roxie is a movie theatre in the Mission District of San Francisco. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... The Mobile Saenger Theatre is a historic theater and contributing building to the Lower Dauphin Street Historic District in Mobile, Alabama. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country State County Mobile Founded 1702 Incorporated 1814 Government  - Mayor Sam Jones Area  - City 412. ... The Saenger Theatre is a theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana that is on the National Register of Historic Places. ... NOLA redirects here. ... The Saenger Theatre is a historic theater in Pensacola, Florida. ... Nickname: Motto: Enhancing the Quality of Life for all Citizens Location in Escambia County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country United States State Florida County Escambia Government  - Mayor John Fogg (R) Area  - City 39. ... The Senator Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland The Senator Theatre is a historic movie theater in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Baltimore redirects here. ... ‹ The template below (Citations missing) is being considered for deletion. ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State Coordinates: , Country State County Erie First Settled 1789 Founded 1801 Incorporated (City) 1832 Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... Location of Jersey City within Hudson County Coordinates: , Country State County Hudson Government  - Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy  - Business Administrator Brian P. OReilly Area  - City 21. ... Stanley Theater is the name of several theatre venues in the eastern U.S.: the Stanley Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia, see Stanley Theater (Vancouver) the Stanley Theater in Jersey City, see Stanley Theater (Jersey City) the Stanley Theater in Utica, New York, see Stanley Theater (Utica) the former Stanley... This article treats the former Stanley Theater of Pittsburgh, for other same-called buildings see Stanley Theater (disambiguation). ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... The Stanley Theater is an art and music venue in Utica, New York. ... Utica, New York is a city in the state of New York, and the county seat of Oneida County. ... The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (formerly the Stanley Theatre) is a landmark theatre at 12th and Granville Street in Vancouver, British Columbia which serves as the main stage for the Arts Club Theatre Company. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... Part of James Daughertys The Spirit of Drama - Europe, one of four murals in the lobby of the State Theater The State Theater is a theater on Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... Uniontown is a city in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Pittsburgh and part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Tampa Theater and Office Building. ... Tampa redirects here. ... This article is about the film studio. ... Dr. w. ... The Los Angeles University Cathedral stands at 933 South Broadway between 9th and Olympic, in the heart of Los Angeles, California, USA. It was originally a movie palace, designed by the architect C. Howard Crane of the firm Walker & Percy Eisen, closely supervised by Mary Pickford. ... Uptown Theatre, Chicago, 2005. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Uptown Theatre. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... The Uptown Theatre was a historic movie theatre in Toronto, Canada which was demolished in 2003. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... The Warner Grand Theatre is an art-deco theater which opened to the public on January 20, 1931. ... San Pedro is a community within Los Angeles, California, annexed in 1909 and a major seaport of the area. ... Warner Theatre - closeup The Warner Theatre is a 2,506-seat theater located in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA. Designed by theater architects Rapp and Rapp and costing $1. ... Warnors Theatre is a historic theatre in Fresno, California. ... Fresno redirects here. ... The Washoe Theater in Anaconda, Montana was the last theater constructed in the United States in the Nuevo Deco (a form of Art Deco) style. ... Anaconda, county seat of Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, is located in mountainous southwestern Montana. ... Originally the Fox Wilshire theatre, the 1920s Art Deco structure is a classic Los Angeles landmark. ... Beverly Hills redirects here. ... The Wiltern Theatre and adjacent 12-story Pellissier Building are an Art Deco landmark located on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue in Los Angeles, California. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ...

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Movie palace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (531 words)
Movie palace is a US English synonym for movie theater, but nowadays usually used within the USA for the grand cinemas of the 1910s to 1940s, contrasting with modern multiplexes.
The Regent Theater in New York City, opened in 1913, is usually cited as the first movie palace, and its success in drawing the upper middle class to the movies spurred others to follow suit.
As their name implies, movie palaces, like other products of the age, were advertised to "make the average citizen feel like royalty."[1] While inscribed with democratic sayings and patriotic imagery, they consciously referenced the grandeur of aristocratic Europe and were often decorated in European fashion.
A History of the American Movie Palace (5952 words)
By taking the movies out of the "fleapits" and into "proper" halls that were befitting patronage of refined gentlemen and ladies, it was hoped that someday the fledgling industry would be held in the same high regard as the other "arts"; ballet, symphony, and opera.
The movie palaces not only faced competition from the evil television, but that also faced direct competition from the theaters that were popping up in the suburbs and a new form of theater that would go on to become another great American icon, the Drive-In Theater.
Just like the movie palaces they competed with, the property they resided on became highly valued real estate and a lot of them were torn up for other developments.
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