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March 18, 2006

From Cinema to Cineplex

While doing some research the other day, I came across an interesting little resource on the history of movie theaters after World War II. Steve Schoenherr's "From Cinema to Cineplex" starts with the building of the "last of the movie palaces," the Loma Theater on Rosecrans in San Diego, and offers a timeline of various multiplexes and megaplexes built over the last half century. It's pretty amazing to note that the first megaplex (defined as a theater with sixteen or more screens) wasn't built until 1995.

The "Cineplex" page also offers some useful links to pages on drive-in movies and American Picture Palaces, as well as Jim Ridley's "Attack of the Megaplexes," a relatively early account of the megaplex phenomenon.

Posted by chuck at March 18, 2006 9:52 PM

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Neat, this. I haven't thought it through yet, but it seems to me that many of those who panic about the "box-office crisis" don't sufficiently account for some of the drastic changes in the ways that the way films are exhibited...

Posted by: AHorbal at March 19, 2006 1:02 PM

Yes, film exhibition has a long history and has already experienced a number of drastic changes, the megaplex being only one of them.

Posted by: Chuck at March 19, 2006 1:09 PM

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