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Last Remaining Seats is a photographical tour-de-force of classic motion picture theatres from the golden age of Hollywood and the silver screen, when going to the movies was an esthetic experience long before the lights went down and the screen lit up.

The Last Remaining Seats : Movie Palaces of Tinseltown by Robert Berger, Anne Conser (Photographer), Stephen M. Silverman (Introduction) The Last Remaining Seats : Movie Palaces of Tinseltown
by Robert Berger, Anne Conser (Photographer), Stephen M. Silverman (Introduction)

Paperback - 136 pages (January 1999)
Balcony Pr
ISBN: 0964311968
Dimensions (in inches): 0.42 x 11.00 x 9.08


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Enhanced with an informative and highly readable introduction by Stephen Silverman, The Last Remaining Seats is a photographical tour-de-force of classic motion picture theatres from the golden age of Hollywood and the silver screen, when going to the movies was an esthetic experience long before the lights went down and the screen lit up. These "movie palaces" were architectural wonders of art, decor, imagery to excite the visitor and give an almost "temple" or "cathedral" experience of worship, a feeling that transformed a mundane entertainment into a weekly pilgrimage. The Last Remaining Seats documents an era now gone -- but not forgotten in the memories of those of us who are old enough to remember how hard times were left outside while dreams were spun in the darkness for all who had the price of a ten cent ticket.

Interiors An unsurprising number of these theaters went bankrupt not long after their klieg-lit opening nights. Berger and Conser spent six years documenting the surviving follies around Los Angeles, and selected 16 of the most extravagant for this collection. The architectural-style names alone are worth the admission price: "Zigzag Moderne," "Movie Palace Rococo," "Aquarium Decco, with a smattering of Botticelli." So are the amber-tone detail shots and sweeps of interior dreamwork, with pagodas rising...




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