Cinema Houston: From Nickelodeon to Megaplex (Roger - download pdf or read online

By David Welling

ISBN-10: 0292795106

ISBN-13: 9780292795105

Cinema Houston celebrates a colourful century of motion picture theatres and moviegoing in Texas's greatest urban. Illustrated with greater than 200 old pictures, newspaper clippings, and ads, it lines the historical past of Houston motion picture theatres from their early twentieth-century beginnings in vaudeville and nickelodeon homes to the opulent downtown theatres in-built the Twenties (the Majestic, Metropolitan, Kirby, and Loew's State). It additionally captures the thrill of the local theatres of the Nineteen Thirties and Forties, together with the Alabama, Tower, and River Oaks; the theatres of the Nineteen Fifties and early Sixties, together with the Windsor and its Cinerama roadshows; and the multicinemas and megaplexes that experience come to dominate the motion picture scene because the overdue 1960s.

While protecting the glories of Houston's misplaced motion picture palaces—only some of these old theatres nonetheless survive—Cinema Houston additionally vividly re-creates the moviegoing event, chronicling middle of the night motion picture insanity, summer time nights on the drive-in, and, after all, all these tasty snacks on the concession stand. guaranteed to attract a large viewers, from motion picture fanatics to devotees of Houston's architectural background, Cinema Houston captures the bygone period of the city's motion picture homes, from the lowbrow to the chic, the hi-tech sound of 70mm Dolby and THX to the crackle of a drive-in speaker on a funky spring night.

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He wears a derby hat, slacks, a white shirt and tie,” stated Ehrich. ”33 Unfortunately, the opening of the Mercantile brought about the downfall of both it and the Bank Draft. “The Mercantile never really fulfilled its potential, despite the revitalization of downtown Houston,” reported one trade journal. 35 houston’s list of theatres kept growing in 1912. 40 In January 1912, its name was changed to the Pastime, and it was managed by John D. Dunmyre. 41 Others that opened included the Mecca, on Texas between Main and Travis, and the Grand, owned by Connally and McTighe, at 3618 Washington.

The term was also tied in with the overabundance of lights used to showcase the exterior of these early cinemas. The Electric Park, on San Jacinto between Caroline and Prairie, was an outdoor vaudeville space. Billed as the coolest place in town, it featured 3,000 seats, 50 private boxes, and prices ranging from twenty to fifty cents. 9 Motion pictures were often used as the concluding act of the bill. By December, the venue had changed its name to the People’s Theatre. A separate Electric Park Theatre, at 314 Dallas Avenue, was in operation around 1912, operated by the Vaudette Amusement Company.

It was acclaimed also as having the best ventilation in Houston; the air conditioning consisted of forty large openings that allowed a moderate breeze to pass. ”24 The theatre was operated by Maurice Wolf, who had run the older Cozy at 1018 Texas. The new Cozy opened on October 17, 1910, with six “big acts” and an orchestra led by Charles Lewis, of the Herb and Lewis musical team. Performers included Lola Milton and company, the Melrose Comedy Four, Will Beam, the Sharrocks, Torcat and his great trained roosters, and a Cozygraph feature.

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