Monday, January 28, 2008

The Movie Palaces of Baltimore

The renovated Hippodrome Theatre on Baltimore's West Side.

There's a trend in new movie theater architecture these days: a return to the spirit of the movie palace. Exhibitors like Muvico and Pacific are using the classic theaters of the 1930's as inspiration for their new, multi-screen megaplexes. You can read more about this soon in an article I wrote about movie theater design. It will publish in the March issue of Architect magazine.

So whatever happened to the actual movie palace of the past? Many of them still exist in one form or another here in Baltimore. Baltimore Sun photographer Amy Davis pays tribute to the movie palaces of yore with a photo montage on the Sun website. See series by clicking here. (Thanks for the tip Kerr!)