Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace

Ottawa Premiere the Week of December 20th!

The evolution of the movie business over the past century, from penny arcades and nickelodeons, to the grand movie palaces built by the studios, and what happened over the years as they were challenged by television, decaying downtowns, multiplexes and cell-phone cinema.

Rhode Island International Film Festival: Director’s Choice award winner!
Niagra Falls International Film Festival: Best Feature Documentary award winner!
Coney Island Film Festival: Best Documentary Feature award winner!
Mystic Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize award winner!
Silver State Film Festival: Best Documentary Feature Grand Prize award winner!

Other countries built palaces for royalty; in the United States we built them to watch movies. GOING ATTRACTIONS celebrates the splendor and grandeur of the great cinemas of the United States, built when movies were the acme of entertainment and the stories were larger than life, as were the venues designed to show them: Thousands of seats, giant screens, exotic and ornate interiors with balconies and lounges, in-house organs and orchestras, amazing marquees, and air conditioning back when houses had none. The film also tracks the eventual decline of the palaces, through to today’s current preservation efforts. A tribute to America’s great art form and the great monuments created for audiences to enjoy them in.
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