Ever since the movie industry was born in the 1890s, audiences have thrilled to watch stories come to life on the big screen. At first, this screen wasn’t very big—nor was attending the stuffy local nickelodeon all that pleasant. But by the 1920s, extravagant movie palaces were constructed in downtowns all over the country and moviegoing was transformed into a luxury experience. Sadly, this would end in the 1950s with the rise of the suburbs and the explosion of drive-in theaters, followed by shopping mall multiplexes. Today, going to the movies can be either overwhelming—at seven-story IMAX theaters—or thoroughly unpleasant, as your neighbor gobbles nachos and beer and teenagers talk and text throughout the film. This presentation will look at the fascinating history of movie theaters and examine how the experience of moviegoing has changed over the decades.
Presented by Brian Rose via Zoom. Register online. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email. The bottom of your email will contain the Zoom link, Meeting ID and Passcode. If you need help, please call the Library at (845) 357-1237.