The Last Picture Shows

Bryant Simon

in Boardwalk of Dreams

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167535
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199789016 | DOI:
 The Last Picture Shows

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Atlantic City's final years as the Queen of Resorts coincided with what a number of scholars have dubbed “the golden age of American cinema”. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people went to the movies in Atlantic City. The city had almost one theater seat for every year-round adult resident. With all these movies houses, the resorts offered a range of entertainment choices from neighborhood theaters to bigger, dressier ones. Continuing an Atlantic City tradition, the picture show offered white moviegoers a “luxury experience” at a middle-class price.

Keywords: movies; middle class; movie theaters; Boardwalk

Chapter.  9300 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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