Advance sales now open for reissued classic book, “American Theatres of Today”

posted by Michael Zoldessy on December 19, 2008 at 7:56 am

Pre-publication orders are now being taken for the classic 1920s-30s book on movie palaces and legitimate theatres, “American Theatres of Today.” This important reference work has long been out of print and is being reissued to mark the Theatre Historical Society of America’s 40th Anniversary in 2009.

The book, by R.W. Sexton and B.F. Betts, was originally published as two separate volumes in 1927 and 1930, and is one of the very few theatre books produced during the era when movie palaces were being built all across the country.

It is 368 pages and features 113 theatres, 275 photographs and 278 drawings and plans; it also contains an introduction by famed showman Samuel L. “Roxy” Rothafel.

To do justice to this very special book, the original volumes were scanned using the latest technology and equipment, and THS is publishing it in a single volume, as originally produced with large-format 9"x12" pages, and printed on heavy acid-free paper.

This special edition is limited to 400 numbered copies. Publication is anticipated in February, 2009. Complimentary gift cards are available for those ordering copies, which may be personalized and sent to gift recipients.

Regular copies are available for $75, plus shipping, and a deluxe slipcase edition is available for $125, plus shipping. All proceeds benefit the non-profit Theatre Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to document the rich legacy of America’s historic theatres.

The book is available exclusively through the Theatre Historical Society. To order your copy, and view some sample pages, visit the THS website,

Comments (3)

Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on December 21, 2008 at 10:11 am

Limited number of copies available, guys. Get ‘em while they last!
: )

rhwasc on January 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

How much? I’m interested.
Roy H. Wagner ASC

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