Preserving Motion Picture Palaces
Alice Carey, owner and founder, Carey & Co. Inc.
Michael Crowe, author and historic preservation consultant Katherine Petrin, architectural historian, Architectural Resources Group February 09, 2006 6:30 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
The golden age of motion pictures saw the development of opulent single-screen movie houses whose exotic architectural styles helped transport audiences to faraway places. Architect Timothy Pflueger's projects of the 1920s and 1930s include some of the Bay Area's best examples ?
the Paramount, Castro, Alhambra, and Alameda theaters.
This program examines Pflueger's enduring contributions and chronicles the rise of single-screen theaters, their subsequent decline, and ongoing efforts to preserve them.
Pflueger's architectural drawings are currently on view in The Art of Design. A hosted reception in The Schwab Room follows.
$10 general; $8 SFMOMA members and National Trust for Historic Preservation members, students, and seniors.
Includes reception. Tickets are available at the Museum (no surcharge) or online.
This event is cosponsored by the Western Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
I've been finding that the remaining single-screens in San Francisco and Oakland are freaking awesome and a much better experience than the multiplex on so many levels. It's sad to think that they'll probably go extinct within our lifetime.
Anyway, if anyone's down, then comment and we'll figure out meeting up and whatnot.