Preserving Motion Picture Palaces

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 5:30 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

The golden age of motion pictures saw the development of opulent single-screen movie houses whose exotic architectural styles helped transport audiences to faraway places. Architect Timothy Pflueger's projects of the 1920s and 1930s include some of the Bay Area's best examples - the Paramount, Castro, Alhambra, and Alameda theaters. This program examines Pflueger's enduring contributions and chronicles the rise of single-screen theaters, their subsequent decline, and ongoing efforts to preserve them. Pflueger's architectural drawings are currently on view in The Art of Design. A hosted reception in The Schwab Room follows.


Alice Carey, owner and founder, Carey & Co. Inc.
Michael Crowe, author and historic preservation consultant
Katherine Petrin, architectural historian, Architectural Resources Group