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Movies are arguably America’s great art form, and after their earliest days, movies began to take themselves very seriously. The weekly or twice-weekly night at the movies became an ingrained ritual of the American public. The movie promoters responded by building lavish temple of the cinema, grandiose buildings unlike anything seen before or since.

Movie Palaces examines in detail the remaining traces of a vanishing architectural and cinematic culture which are to be treasured even more in these days of the cinder-block multiplex, the internet, and the DVD