Memoirs of a Movie Palace
*Please note: Admission to the 6:00 p.m. show of Memoirs of a Movie Palace entitles viewer to also see Souls for Sale, of the A Lost Film Found! series, at 7:00 p.m.
Built at the end of a decade of excess and launched during leaner years, the Loew's Kings Theater in New York, a huge ornate structure which opened its doors in 1929, represents the pinnacle of pre-Depression movie-palace architecture and the essence of Depression movie-going: the Kings transformed anyone with a dime for admission into “royalty-for-an-afternoon.”
Memoirs of a Movie Palace evokes the aura of the building in its heyday and explores the meaning of movie-palace architecture to both the film industry and the movie-going public. The film includes the recollections of several movie-goers as well as the theater's decorator, its former manager, projectionist, organist, and the vaudevillian who opened its doors.
Take advantage of this opportunity to explore a grand structure, a veritable cathedral dedicated to the motion picture!