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    • Holy fucking shit I can never see enough of this stuff... I don't know what it is that draws me in.

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      • www.culttheatres.com

        Relive the Era of Lost Cinemas with the Cult Theatres Collection

        The cinema of the 1970's - an era when filmmakers were firmly in control of what filmgoers watched on movie screens, and Hollywood had a strong appetite for taking risks. The 1980s left American audiences, and those who created films, going through withdrawal, as studios continued the struggle to maintain their balance sheets and the U.S. economy, especially in major cities, suffered. That - combined with the multiplex threat - left thousands of grand urban movie palaces floundering with ever-dwindling audiences.

        But this situation also created a huge opportunity for independent producers and businessmen. Newly-formed companies purchased many of these once-great theatres, and were more than willing to accept content from independent distributors, which were looking to capitalize on new audiences that were generated from a variety of social & political movements of previous years.

        Through the countless documentaries and books written about 1970's and 1980's cinema, the theatres themselves, which so many reminisce about visiting - with both funny and sometimes scary stories - seem to have been reduced to mythological monuments of memory, rarely seen, except in their heydays of burlesque & live shows, or with broken down marquees of the present day.

        The Cult Theatres Collection has exclusively licensed a selection of extremely rare photos and created three series of highly collectible postcards, showcasing these movie theatres at that time. One look at these historic cards instantly brings back a flood of fond memories for fans of the era. The full color, 2-sided cards also contain historical data on the reverse side, such as when a theatre opened, alternative names, how they changed over the years, and much, much more. Select cards also include details on the films that were playing when the photos were taken.

        The Cult Theatres Collection includes cinemas in Downtown Los Angeles, New York's Times Square - then known as "The Deuce," Boston, Chicago, Detroit and many, many more. Visit www.culttheatres.com to see previews of this incredible collection, order cards 1 through 5 of Series One, and to pre-order the entire collection.

        www.culttheatres.com

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        • Great first post!
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          • Agreed!

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            • I was in Montreal this weekend, and caught an outdoor photo exhibit on Ste. Catherine of Gabor Szilasi's pictures of the street. A lot of great movie marquees, plus some strip club signage. Ste. Catherine & St. Laurent's pretty Times Squarey.



              That's a picture cribbed from online -- because the photos are behind glass, they're pretty much beyond my phone's abilities, so there's plenty of glare & reflection in the rest.

              In no particular order...

              RITUALS at the multiplex.



              NORTH DALLAS FORTY, PLAYERS, La Cage disco.



              Dunn's smoked meat & BLACK EMANUELLE at the Parc.



              NIGHT CALLER & INSIDE JENNIFER WELLES; pantalons superieur.



              ORAL CONTRACT and a second feature I couldn't make out.



              Canadian festival: LIBERTINAGE EN FAMILLE! & ZIG ZIG.



              More Club Super Sexe; TURNER & HOOCH!!!



              Super Sexe 2013 (I took this one)



              Even the ones that aren't moviehouses are great.

              Cafe Abitibi



              I screwed up; this Amusement sign had Video Sex loops & Ms Pacman on the same sign, and I missed the top. And I call myself a feminist.



              All original photos by Gabor Szilasi, badly rephotographed on cellphone, photobucketed for maximum compression artifacts. Sorry, Mr. Szilasi.

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              • Art is about the details.

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                  • Cool pics, Barry!

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                    • Thanks for snapping those, Barry. Cool to see.
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                      • Another one of Toronto....

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                        • Nice to see some Sonny Chiba love in the bottom left corner there and on the marquee.
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                          • Grubby old theater in our neighborhood that's still going...

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                              Local small theatre

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