“American Theatres of Today” special reprint edition update

posted by theatrehistoricalsociety on April 21, 2009 at 8:00 am

The numbered, limited edition reprint of the historic book “American Theatres of Today” is now available through the Theatre Historical Society but is selling quickly!

Only 400 copies were printed and more than half are already sold, but you can get one while they last AND receive a special Cinema Treasures discount of $20 off the regular price
“a savings of 15 to 25%!” The discounted price of the Standard Edition is $75, plus shipping and handling, and the Deluxe Slipcase edition is $125, plus shipping and handling.

To order you copy, go to www.historictheatres.org To receive your special discount, you must order online and enter the promotional code CT2009.

Originally issued as two volumes in 1927 and 1930, it is one of the very few books on theatres produced during the era when movie palaces were being built all across the country, and contains chapters on many design and operational aspects of theatres of the period. It is 368 pages and features 113 theatres, 275 photographs, 278 plans and illustrations, and contains an introduction by famed showman S. L. “Roxy" Rothafel.

The special THS edition is a single hard-bound volume published in the original large format and using heavy acid-free paper. Like the original, the cover features gold-stamped text and blue cloth binding. The special Deluxe Edition includes a sturdy blue slipcase to protect and enhance the volume. In addition to the alphabetical index, there are cross reference indexes by theatre name, location and architect, as well as a list of corrections and clarifications to the original edition to make it more user-friendly, accurate and informative.

All sales proceeds support the ongoing efforts of the non-profit Theatre Historical Society of America to document and preserve America’s rich theatre history.

To order your copy of “American Theatres of Today,” or for more information on THS, visit the website, www.historictheatres.org, or contact THS at , or call (630) 782-1800.

Comments (17)

kencmcintyre on April 21, 2009 at 9:02 am

Still waiting for my copy. At last notice the book was to be mailed in early April.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on April 21, 2009 at 10:01 am

If it was sent Media Mail, we are all at the mercy of the USPS.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on April 21, 2009 at 10:02 am

This is not only a great book to own, but an important effort and organization to support. And, I must say, the discount is really a nice bonus.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 21, 2009 at 11:11 am

I have the 1977 reprint edition, which was published by that company in Vestal NY which was such a great source of theater publications back in the 1970s and 1980s. The 1977 edition was not as nicely done as this new THSA edition. It’s one of my favorite theater books, and of course was originally published in the late-1920s when the Movie Palace era was booming. I’m sure that the typical CT member will like this book.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 21, 2009 at 11:28 am

If you are worried, you should give Richard Sklenar a call.

theatrehistoricalsociety on April 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm

We have just started mailing the books from THS headquarters. As often happens, there was a delay at the printers in Canada and shipment just arrived last week. The Deluxe books will be mailed shortly, as soon as we have the slipcases. Thanks for your patience! We’re confident you will enjoy the book!

Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on April 22, 2009 at 6:10 am

And many thanks to Ross for his kind comments and for bringing this opportunity to the attention of the Cinema Treasures members! We are very happy to extend a discount to our friends at Cinema Treasures and invite everyone to visit the THS website at www.historictheatres.org Thanks Ross & Company!


Giles on April 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm

just itchin' for my copy to arrive

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I received my copy today and it was well worth the wait.

jon6444 on April 25, 2009 at 6:22 am

Recieved mine a few days ago…I must say….Well done THS….one of finest publications I have seen! What is next? reprint of “Fox, The Last Word”

Karen Colizzi Noonan
Karen Colizzi Noonan on May 3, 2009 at 1:43 pm

In the interest of full disclosure, I am the President of THS. But having just received my own copy of American Theaters of Today (which I paid for) I have to say that this is one gorgeous book! It’s got heavy, high quality paper, rich looking cover color and design and looks like it is worth every penny and more.

If you have not already ordered a copy they are going fast. The run was limmited to 400 numbered copies and almost ¾ of them are gone. Don’t miss out! We don’t want you to have to pay inflated prices when the copies hit eBay – like the previous reprints.

And to answer 3stooge’s question – we now turn our attentions to Great American Movie Theaters – the 1988 David Naylor classic. Stay tuned!!

kencmcintyre on May 5, 2009 at 10:03 am

I got my book in the mail today. Looks great!

kencmcintyre on May 5, 2009 at 12:08 pm

There is a lot more technical detail than I expected. I had to google “vomitory”, which wasn’t what I thought it was.

williamsdl58 on May 14, 2009 at 10:39 am

Ordered mine on 22 April. Still waiting for delivery.

theatrehistoricalsociety on May 17, 2009 at 2:04 pm

We are working as quickly as we can to mail out the hundreds of advance sale orders. We appreciate your patience. When you receive your copy we’re confident you’ll feel it was worth the wait!
We still have copies available of both the standard and deluxe edition. It would make a great holiday gift for that “special person” who loves theatres!

williamsdl58 on May 18, 2009 at 5:39 pm

My copy arrived today and looks great! Appears that it shipped on the 15th. Looking forward to many hours of fun.

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