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Warning: Super geeky

Me and vespaden and maybe imasage are gonna go to this tomorrow after work:

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.


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Feb. 9th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
I think that sounds super-interesting, but that's because I am super-geeky.
Feb. 9th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite places in the world is this old grand theater in upstate NY called "The Strand." Beautiful place, built in the very early age of silent pictures, had a huge pipe organ in it (2nd largest in NY state at the time) for providing music, had one large stone slab screen and a balcony and dresing rooms (they did live action stuff as well t this place) and all sorts of other bells and whistles. They later converted it to a 2-screen theather by building a floor in between the floor level and balcony, and the original old marble staircases (quarried here in Vermont) remain the stairs to the balcony seating (now known as Theater 2). Really is a majestic theater. Started to really fall into disrepair, so the city took it on as a project (Bob, the owner, had owed many many thousands in back taxes on it so I guess they came in and bought it or something) and brought in a team of people who specialize in restoring old golden-age theaters. I can't wait til the paper comes off the front doors so I can go over and see a movie in the place, and see what they've done to it.

I'm basically jealous of your class.
Feb. 9th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
why, when i was your age. ..
I went to movies in New York City and a special treat was the old Roxy theater, which sort of competed with the Radio City Music Hall, except the Roxy had way more of a patina of class. Ditto for the old Criterion Theater. One of my absolute favorite was a movie theater in Evanson, Ill. I was there for a conference that was way too boring, so the reporter who was with me suggested we play hooky from the p.m. sessions. we had lunch at fritz's and went to this old movie palace that had a sky painted on the ceiling with twinkling stars, baroque sculptured balconies and moldings, a humongo screen and a horrid sound system. but it was wonderful.

Then again, your old 'stead Phoenix took one of its oldest theaters and turned it into a new venue for live theater and concerts, while preserving the original decor and the wonderfull plus red seating.

They're out there, those wonderful old cinema palaces. See as many as you can before they go the way of the drive-in, son.

The lecture sounds wonderful. wish i could be there. ask a lot of questions about preservation efforts then share those with us.

The ol' man
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