Last call for ordering pre-publication copies of “American Theatres of Today!”
It’s the “last call” to order your pre-publication numbered limited edition copy of “American Theatres of Today.” This important book is being reissued by the Theatre Historical Society of America in celebration of our 40th anniversary. Readers of Cinema Treasures can place orders through March 15th, 2009.
Originally issued as two volumes in 1927 and 1930, the book by R.W. Sexton and B.F. Betts is one of the very few theatre reference works published during the movie palace era. It is 368 pages and features 113 theatres, 275 photographs, 278 plans and illustrations. The book contains an introduction by famed showman S. L. “Roxy” Rothafel and articles by noted authorities on various aspects of theatre design and operation.
Original copies are extremely rare and sell for many hundreds of dollars. Even the 1977 single-volume reissue, also long out of print, is hard to find and expensive.
The special THS edition is limited to 400 numbered copies and will be published in a single hard-bound volume in the original large format and using heavy acid-free paper. The cover features gold-stamped text and blue cloth binding.
The pre-publication price of the standard edition is $75, plus shipping, and the deluxe slipcase edition is $125, plus shipping. Delivery is anticipated in late March, 2009.
All proceeds will support the ongoing efforts of the non-profit Theatre Historical Society to document and preserve America’s rich theatre history.
The Theatre Historical Society was founded in 1969 by Ben Hall, author of the first historic look at movie palaces, “The Best Remaining Seats." The THS archive contains material on more than 15,000 theatres nationwide, the largest collection of its kind in the country. It publishes a quarterly journal, Marquee, and an illustrated Annual, both included in membership, and operates the American Movie Palace Museum at its headquarters in Elmhurst, Illinois, 15 miles west of Chicago. THS also produces an annual Conclave, or theatre tour, in a different part of the country each summer, which typically visits two dozen historic theatres. Membership is open to individuals or organizations and starts at $55 for Regular U.S. members. There is also a reduced rate for full-time students.
To order your copy of “American Theatres of Today,” or for more information on THS, visit the THS website, www.historictheatres.org, or contact THS at , or call (630) 782-1800.