The Academy of Music in Northampton, Massachusetts, is close to the editor’s heart. The turn of the century music hall was a beloved place to see movies. These days the theater focuses on live performances. Photo by Ross Melnick
The Grand Theatre is the heart of Fitzgerald, Georgia. Designed in the art deco style, the theater takes movie patrons back to a time when going to the movies was a treat.
Photo courtesy of John Durkovic
The Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, holds the record for continuous midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Need we say more? Photo Courtesy of Cinematreasures.org.
A theater is only viable when its patrons truly adore it. When owner Rocky Friedman needed $200,000 to make the transition to digital, he reached out to the residents of Port Townsend, Washington, and they came through for him. Now the theater offers world-class films and live performances.
The Alabama Theatre in Birmingham has entertained audiences in Birmingham since 1927 and survived near demoliton in 1987. Today, the theater features a diverse lineup of live performances and classic films such as Gone With the Wind.
Built in 1926, the Tampa was recently named one of the 10 best movie theaters by the Motion Picture Association of America. It’s one of the best-preserved examples of old movie palace architecture.
Photo by Joe Roberts
Writer Rick Richards brought this theater in Three Oaks, Michigan, to our attention. Movie lovers Bill Lindbolm and Joe and Judy Scully bought the theater and converted it to digital. People in town call it “the hippest place to be.”
Photo courtesy of Rick Richards
Want more? Lynn Whitaker of Cynthiana, Kentucky, will forever treasure her trips to the Mount Olivet Movie House in Mount Olivet as a girl in the 1960s. Read her memory of the town treasure.