The Neighbourhood Movie House in Montreal, 1925-1929: The Harmonius World

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The Neighbourhood Movie House in Montreal, 1925-1929: The Harmonius World
Abstract
The author maintains that the designs of early neighbourhood movie houses in Montreal were unique to the city by virtue of the interpretation by local architects of the American movie palaces, and movie theatre designs in general. These designs were based on earlier models of the Beaux-Arts designed theatre, the vaudeville and opera house, and the neighbourhood nickelodeon. Technological advancement in cinematography, the author points out, went hand-in-hand with the evolution of designs and decoration of the neighbourhood movie house. It was the surface treatment of both the exterior and interior of the Montreal neighbourhood movie house, with the application of the neo-classical, pseudo-Egyptian and Spanish surface decoration, that the stage-set character of the decoration shared the magic with the film. The author examines such Montreal movie houses as the Capital, the Palace, the Imperial, the Strand, the Rialto, the Rivoli, the Empress, the Seville, the Granada, the Monkland, the Snowdon, and the York.
Type
Master's Thesis
University
Concordia University
Place
Montreal
Date
1987
Language
en
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Kolomeir, Harriet T. “The Neighbourhood Movie House in Montreal, 1925-1929: The Harmonius World.” Master’s Thesis, Concordia University, 1987. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/QMG/TC-QMG-5235.pdf.
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