The following is the beginning of a list of books and articles that deal with various aspects of American movie palaces. As with our web listing, it is far from being complete. If you discover any new materials, or find that a book is suddenly out of print, or otherwise not available, please email us. We'll be happy to consider additions or deletions to this list to keep it up to date and useful.
Berger, Robert. The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown
Bowers, Q. David. Nickelodeon Theatres and Their Music. Vestal, N.Y.: Vestal Press, 1986.
Gomery, Douglas. Shared Pleasures: a History of Movie Presentation in the United States. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992.
Hall, Ben M. The Best Remaining Seats; the Story of the Golden Age of the Movie Palace. New York, Bramhall House, 1961.
Herzog, Charlotte. "The Movie Palace and the Theatrical Sources of its Architectural Style," Cinema Journal, Spring 1981: 15-37
Kaufmann, Preston J. Fox...Story of the World's Finest Theatre. Pasadena, California: Showcase Publications, 1979.
Kinerk, Michael D. Popcorn Palaces: The Art Deco Movie Theatre Paintings of Davis Cone
Leach, William. Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture. New York: Pantheon, 1993.
Lindsay, John C. Palaces of the Night: Canada's Grand Theatres.
Margolies, John and Emily Gwathmey. Ticket to Paradise: American Movie Theaters and How We Had Fun. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1991.
Naylor, David. American Picture Palaces: The Architecture of Fantasy. New York: Prentice Hall Editions, 1981.
Orvell, Miles. The Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.
Pildas, Ave, Lucinda Smith, King Vidor. Movie Palaces (Architecture and Film, 1)
Putnam, Michael. Silent Screens: The Decline and Transformation of the American Movie Theater (Creating the North American Landscape)
Sexton, Randolph Williams and B. F. Betts ; foreword by S. L. Rothafel. American Theatres of Today. Vestal, N.Y. : Vestal Press, 1930, 1977.
Trachtenberg, Allen. The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age. New York: Hill and Wang, 1982.
Valentine, Maggie. The Show Starts on the Sidewalk: An Architectural History of the Movie Theatre, Starring S. Charles Lee . New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994.