MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace’

“A celebration of the grand American shrines to cinema that rose to glitzy prominence during the 1920s, April Wright’s well-researched “Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace,” might not quite live up to its title, but it does a decent job of capturing those golden years.

“Sparing no expense when it came to sheer extravagance, theaters including New York’s 6,000-seat Roxy and Chicago’s 46,000-square-foot Uptown justifiably earned their palace moniker.

“But their existence would prove short-lived. After the Depression put a sizable dent in their gilded armor, a one-two punch in the form of the Hollywood Antitrust Case of 1948, which limited studios’ ownership of theaters, followed by the advent of television, effectively darkened their marquees.

“Going Attractions” provides a timely reminder of the once unquestionable value of a shared viewing experience in this era of personal streaming” (Rechtshaffen, 10/24/19)

Read the full story at the Los Angeles Times

Review: ‘Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace’ marks rise and fall, Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, 10/24/19


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