July 20, 2015
Slate’s David Rosenberg brings photographer David Leventi’s work documenting the world’s great opera houses to readers. ‘Photographer David Leventi started out thinking he would be a reportage photographer. He admired Henri Cartier-Bresson and street photography, began his career interning in the archives at Magnum Photos, and shot with a Leica camera searching for the elusive “decisive moment.” But things started to change when he began working for photographer Robert Polidori…’
July 14, 2015
What’s on the Screen: Everyone Loves Historic Theatres! Here’s a great article from USA Today, “Silver Screen Nostalgia,” featuring some very special places to enjoy movies and so much more. (by Leif Pettersen, Special for USA TODAY)
July 13, 2015
The grant will be used to fund partial repair the xylophone in the upper left alcove. The news came in today from Wendy Wurlitzer, THS board member and member of the restoration committee for the Byrd’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Ms. Wurlitzer is the great-great-granddaughter of Rudolph Wurlitzer, the German immigrant who started the organ company in 1856.
July 9, 2015
We were in Charlottesville, VA for Conclave Theatre Tour 2015 and discovered Mary Halnon’s (UVA American Studies) great site: “Some Enchanted Evenings: American Picture Palaces”
July 8, 2015
Photographer Stefanie Klavens traveled widely documenting the architectural styles of America’s historic theatres and drive-ins.
July 6, 2015
Listen to Dave Hoekstra’s Independence Day edition of the Nocturnal Journal with a look at the efforts of the Elmhurst-based Theatre Historical Society of America. Executive Director Richard Fosbrink and members Craig Morrison and Dave Syfczak talk about the organization’s efforts to preserve and rehab classic movie palaces, the personal relationships that formed with these neighborhood theaters and the “second-lives” of these architectural treasures.
July 2, 2015
The New York Times' Nathaniel Adams wrote this great article about five amazing theatres in the New York City area. Enjoy a great article and some wonderful photo tours on five'Wonder Theatres' from the Kings Theatre, to the Jersey Loews, the Paradise, the United Palace and the Valencia.
June 26, 2015
Another busy day in Virginia! Today we visited the Norfolk area and the Attucks Theatre, Chrysler Hall, Roper Performing Arts Center, and the Wells Theatre.
June 25, 2015
The Loew’s Theater at 6th and Grace streets in Richmond is a handsome example of movie palace architecture of the 1920s. Designed by the renowned theater architect John Eberson, Loew’s was considered the most up-to-date theater in the South when it opened to capacity crowds on April 9, 1928. Richmond’s Loew’s displays all the theater accoutrement deemed necessary for a successful theater of the twenties. On the exterior these include an exotic, romanticized image of a distant land; an imposing corner tower establishing the building as a major visual and cultural landmark within the urban landscape; and a large marquee woven into the facade by day and a blazing standard by night.
June 23, 2015
THS begins the 2015 Conclave Theatre Tour today. This exciting trip will take us to historic theatres across the state of Virginia! This afternoon our group will enjoy a docent led walking tour or Richmond’s Historic Shockoe Slip district. Tomorrow morning we will visit the Byrd and Altria theatres.