What Are Some Historical Movie Theaters?


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Some historical movie theaters include the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, the Castro Theater in San Francisco, California, the Tampa Theater in Tampa, Florida and the Ziegfeld Theater in New York, New York. The TCL Chinese Theater is best known for its opulent Asian facade and for being on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It opened in 1927 and is famous for its Hollywood movie premieres. Renovations have added a 932-seat IMAX theater to the original large-screen venue.

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The Castro Theater opened in 1922 and is part of the lively Castro neighborhood that still has its 1960s vibe. In 1937, a huge Art Deco chandelier was added to the 1,400-seat venue. Staircases and mirrors are edged in gold and the rare film poster collection is worth a look. The Castro hosts classic movies, double features, live performances and sing-a-long nights.

The Tampa Theater has been around since 1926. The Art Deco style features a Mediterranean courtyard with statues and flowers and the facade is a combination of neon and flashing lights. Inside, the ceiling is covered in a sky mural complete with twinkling stars. First-run, classic and independent films are featured as well as live bands and comedians.

The Ziegfeld Theater opened in 1969 and takes its name from the old Ziegfield Theater, famous for its vaudeville acts. It's a single-screen theater with 1,131 seats, chandeliers in the lobby and a collection of classic movie posters along the walls. First-run movies and premiere openings are often held in the red-carpeted, gold-accented venue.

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