About the film
The Movie Palaces
Release Date: June 25, 1987
|Production Companies||:||Smithsonian Institution|
|Director||:||Lee R. Bobker|
|Producers||:||Karen Loveland, Nazaret Cherkezian|
|Writers||:||Lee R. Bobker|
A documentary about the great American movie palaces of the 1920s and 1930s. Filmed on location at some of the extraordinary theaters across the country, the program explores the diverse and priceless architecture of such greats as the Atlanta Fox, the Wiltern in Los Angeles, San Antonio's Majestic, Seattle's Fifth Avenue and, perhaps the most famous, Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Also included are stills and vintage clips of classic movies and newsreels of the era that illustrate the historical evolution and mass appeal of the movie palaces. Picture palace organist Gaylord Carter performs a variety of movie accompaniments.