Since the late 1800s, Boston has been a trendsetter in the movie business. It was here that the name nickelodeon first appeared on a storefront theater. In 1896, B.F. Keith added film to his Washington Street theater and throughout his national chain of vaudeville houses. In 1914, Boston’s Modern became the country’s first theater with an installed sound projection system. Several years later, the city had its first movie palace: Marcus Loew’s Orpheum. Boston became a center for elegant movie houses, including the Metropolitan, Keith Memorial, and Paramount. Thanks to civic and academic leaders, many of Boston’s theaters have been preserved and restored and are alive and well today. Compelling images and fascinating stories take the reader through decades of Boston memories of double features, kiddie shows, newsreels, world premieres, and the sheer enjoyment of “going out to the movies."
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.