National Building Museum

Talk and Book Signing : Movie Palaces of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore

Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 1–2:30 pm
Location: 401 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

This program was rescheduled from January 12.

Recall the heyday of our local silver screens as
Amy Davis, author of Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters, and Robert K. Headley, co-author of Movie Theaters of Washington, D.C., discuss downtown palaces and neighborhood movie houses in both cities. Theaters like the Ambassador in Baltimore and the Uptown Theater in D.C., were more than just venues for entertainment. They were the cultural and civic hubs around which many main streets flourished. Following the talk, Davis and Headley sign copies of their respective books, which are available for purchase in the Museum’s Shop. This talk is a complement to the exhibition Flickering Treasures.

1.5 LU (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

$12 Member | $10 Student | $20 Non-member

Image: The meticulous restoration of the Hippodrome to its original appearance was completed in 2004. From Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore's Forgotten Movie Theaters by Amy Davis. Used with permission.

Reserved copies will be available for pick up at the talk. Unable to attend the program but interested in ordering the book? Find both books at the Museum Shop.

Members must be signed in to access discounts. For instructions click here. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore's Forgotten Movie Theaters (Non-Member)
In Flickering Treasures, Amy Davis, an award-winning photojournalist for the Baltimore Sun, pairs vintage black-and-white images of opulent downtown movie palaces and modest neighborhood theaters with her own contemporary full-color photographs, inviting us to imagine Charm City's past as we confront today's neglected urban landscape. Punctuated by engaging stories and interviews with local moviegoers, theater owners, ushers, and cashiers, plus commentary from celebrated Baltimore filmmakers Barry Levinson and John Waters, the book brings each theater and decade vividly to life.


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Movie Theaters of Washington, DC (Non-Member)
Movie Theaters of Washington, DC charts the storied history of motion picture exhibition in the nation's capital.


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1 per person. ID required.
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