The Books

The first four books are French, they are available from Amazon France (be prepared to brush up your French when ordering!). The other books are in English, and they are available from Amazon.

This list was updated in november 2003.

 

Les cinémas de Paris Les Cinémas de Paris 1945-1995, by Virginie Champion, Bertrand Lemoine and Claude Terreaux - One of the best books about movie theaters in Paris. 218 pages, many, many pictures. €38.11 (out of print)
La prochaine séance

La prochaine séance - Les Français et leurs cinés, by Christian-Marc Bosséno. A small, but interesting book about movie theaters in France, from the very first show in a Parisian café near the Opéra, to the multiplexes; also includes the famous Gaumont Palace and Rex; many small b&w and color photos. €11.02

Le cinéma dans la cité Le cinéma dans la cité, by Gérard Cladel, Kristian Feigelson, Jean-Michel Gévaudan... - An interesting study about movie theaters in France. Nice never-seen-before b&w pictures, but there should be more of them. €18.11
Les lumières de la ville - Un siècle de cinéma à Nantes Les lumières de la ville - Un siècle de cinéma à Nantes, by Yves Aumont and Alain-Pierre Daguin - In French. Movies theaters in Nantes. €37.65
Odeon cinemas Odeon Cinemas, by Allen Eyles. The fourth (and most beautiful) book in this collection.$29.95
Southern Movie Palaces Southern Movie Palaces, by Janna Jones. A very detailed study about the rise, fall and resurrection of movie palaces in the south; a few pictures, but there could be more more pictures... $17.47
Popcorn palaces Popcorn Palaces : The Art Deco Movie Theatre Paintings of Davis Cone, by Michael D. Kinerk, Davis Cone, Dennis W. Wilhelm. Davis Cone paints beautiful and very realistic facades of American movie theaters and streets surrounding them; superb! $20.97
Cinema Builders, by Edwin Heathcote. A beautiful book about movie theaters architects. Many great pictures, but a little on the expensive side. $100.00
Silent Screens, by Michael Putnam. Whatever happened to the old silent movie theaters? Many b&w pictures; beautiful, but rather depressing). $27.97
Movie Palaces, by Ave Pildas. First published in 1980; many color pictures of palaces (fronts, marquees, insides and details). $20.97
Lone Star Picture Shows, by Richard Shroeder. There used to be quite a few movie palaces in Texas; saddly, most of them are gone. $24.47
The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown, by Robert Berger and Anne Conser. Beautiful pictures of old Los Angeles palaces; you can admire some of those pictures in the Los Angeles section. $22.40
The show starts on the sidewalk The Show Starts on the Sidewalk : An Architectural History of the Movie Theatre, by Maggie Valentine - Yale University Press. The pictures are very good, and the texts are interesting. $25
Lone star picture shows Lone Star Picture Shows, by Richard Shroeder. An Architectural History of the Movie Theatre, by Maggie Valentine - Yale University Press. The pictures are very good, and the texts are interesting. $25
Gaumont British cinemas Gaumont British Cinemas, by Allen Eyles - CTA/BFI. History of the Gaumont theaters in England. $25
The Granada theatres The Granada Theatres, by Allen Eyles - CTA/BFI. History of the Granada Theaters in England. $29.95
ABC The first name in entertainment ABC The first name in entertainment, by Allen Eyles - History of ABC theaters in England. $29.95 (limited availability)
Cinemas in Britain

Cinemas in Britain, by Richard Gray - Lund Humphries. From the early theaters to the multiplexes; many beautiful pictures. $60