The 1945 Theatre Catalog. Hardbound Exhibitor Theatre Catalog (583 Pages, 10" X 12.5")
This is literally the most unique book you will ever encounter detailing the golden age of movie theatres, those built in the 1940s. This book was not sold to the general public- instead it was delivered to theatre owners, architects, and financial institutions that made loans for construction and was at the vanguard of the entertainment industry for what was literally the only show in town in the middle 1940s. In other words, this is a book full of period advertising (both copy and drawings/photographs/designs), all dealing in the design and construction of the greatest theaters of the day. There is no indication of the number of copies printed for this book, however the earlier editions were limited to 2,500 copies and were only given to theater owners/members of the movie community, rather than being sold to the general public. These are extremely rare editions and the fold out map showing proposed designs of projection rooms is shown below and is still attached to the book. It also features a lengthy article written by Frank Lloyd Wright about the Guggenheim Museum built on 5th Avenue in Manhattan in 1959. Wright was commissioned to design the museum beginning in 1943 however it took 16 years for the building to be completed. It's a remarkable record of Mr. Wright's thoughts on the design he would ultimately build. Following those 4 pages are 39 separate designs of theaters from around the country, followed by another 10-15 pages of related designs. This is an incredible record of movie history. Please ask us any questions you have.
Every facet of theatre management, ownership, or design is extensively covered in this book. There are literally hundreds of photographs of existing theatres (almost all of which no longer exist) and ads for everything from seating, bookkeeping systems, marquee letters, projectors, carpet, curtains and more. This copy is unrestored and in very nice hardbound condition with brilliant color/printing, solid hinges and a great binding. There is the slightest hint of discoloration to the covers and ever so slight foxing to the endpapers. I would conservatively grade this copy as NF-. All pages are present and the paper inserts which were originally included with some of the advertisements are also present, which is evidence that this book was handled with respectful care. Please refer to the 20 photos shown below and feel free to ask any questions you have regarding this book or the other set we have from later years.
This is Volume 6 and there are very few copies of this left. It is the perfect book for any actor, theater owner or movie aficionado. It is a truly beautiful example of the golden age of movies. Please refer to our other auctions to find copies of the 1941 catalog as well as a 4 volume set beginning in 1947.
Domestic shipping with insurance is included in the price of the book. International shipping included insurance will be $60 for expedited shipping. Please ask us any questions you have regarding this book or the others from the same series.
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-Fine or Near Mint+: Little to no wear, with at most one or two minor flaws. -Near Fine or Excellent: Light wear, described in the listing, may contain a small marking in the book by a former owner. Possibly a bumped corner or a mark. Magazine will show a little wear, probably appears to have been read. -Very Good (both categories): A little more wear, maybe some creasing or soiling on a magazine; definitely read. Book showing some light marks on the covers, maybe a bumped corner or two. Both should be clean inside unless noted. -Good: Significant wear, with some soiling and probably some light rips or tears. Books are significantly worn, soiled and sunned. Very well read.
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