Motion picture theaters in Minnesota
by Beth Staats, Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Minitex
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Teaching Guide: Motion picture theaters in Minnesota
Primary Source Analysis
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How did "machine age" innovations change American life in the Twenties?
In what ways have today's home theaters tried to duplicate the movie-going experience?
Looking at the theater architecture of the images in this set, in what ways do they continue to reflect Greek theatrical tradition?
What architectural similarities and differences do you see in this image set?
What did the movie-going experience offer that watching television at home did not (and vice versa)?
What kinds of expectations did early patrons of movie theaters have? Has that changed over time? If so, how?
Which of the theaters in this set feature an art deco style? What are the distinguishing features of art deco architecture?
What do you think was the reason for the short-lived popularity of drive-in movie theaters? Was it the rise in the convenience of television or do you think the oil crisis of the 1970's played a role?
Using free online design software like SketchUp Make or just simply pen and paper, design your own movie theater. What kind of architectural elements would you include? What would the layout look like? What amenities would you have?
Debate: Movie theater vs. Movies at home What are the advantages and disadvantages of each experience?