Since motion pictures were first exhibited in the late 19th century, Maryland has been home to hundreds of theaters. Some were built for movies, others were traditional theaters, music academies, lodge halls, even town halls. Historic photographs in this volume illustrate the development of movie theaters throughout Maryland. Contemporary theaters are not neglected. Since the average life span of a movie theater is 25 years or fewer, some theaters may vanish almost overnight. This has been the fate of most theaters built in the 1960s and the multiplexes built between 1964 and 1990. Exploring these pages, readers can relive the nostalgia of past trips to the movies in an era when double features and numerous “short subjects” were the norm.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.