Upcoming ‘Back To The Blueprint’ Episode Features Two Cinema Treasures

posted by Patrick Crowley on March 22, 2005 at 5:32 am

Cinema Treasures member EverGreene points out that this week’s episode the History Channel program Back to the Blueprint visits the Fox Theatre in Tucson, AZ and the Saenger Theater in Mobile, AL.

BACK TO THE BLUEPRINT
Theaters: Fox Theatre, Tucson, AZ and Saenger Theater, Mobile, AL
Airs on Saturday, March 26 at 2:00pm ET

Episode description: “Talking Pictures” gave birth to a theater-building boom in the 1930s. In an attempt to make going to the movies as memorable as the film itself, architects and engineers constructed buildings that stimulated the senses. From the flashing lights of the marquee to the cushion seats of the balcony, no detail was overlooked. Host Marty Dunham travels to Arizona and visits the Fox Tucson Theatre. While there, he installs new air-conditioning ducts and acoustone—a soundproofing material that dates to the 1920s. Then, Marty visits Santa Theresa Tile Works to recreate the vintage tile that once covered the Fox’s facade. And at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile, Alabama, Marty helps mount a plaster bracket for new box seats and assists in applying gold leafing to this renovated movie house.

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Comments (2)

Patsy
Patsy on March 25, 2005 at 6:34 am

Set your VCR’s for this one! I hope to see more theatre related programs on the History Channel as old theatres are a major historical thread in our nation’s rich history!

rroberts
rroberts on March 25, 2005 at 7:18 am

I am so unhappy. Originally they were coming to Wheaton Grand Theatre in Illinois.

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