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Throughout the 1920s, architects designed and constructed elaborate
movie palaces where both silent films and "talkies" met with enthusiastic
audiences. Styles ranged from Western to Chinese to French Baroque, but each movie palace
constructed during this period had its own distinct personality and flavor. Architects
turned designing movie palaces into an art, as well as a means to make a living. Thomas Lamb, S. Charles Lee and John Eberson are
only a three of the many men who contributed to the movie palace genre of 1920s
architecture. To find out more about movie palace architecture, visit the American Theatre Architecture
Archive. With the Depression came a decline in movie theatre attendence and,
consequently, a decreased emphasis on movie palaces as focal points in the city scape.
Recent efforts to restore these palaces have met
with success across the country.
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