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Classic Movie Theatre Photo Exhibit – Stephanie Klavens Ends 10/31/2010

Posted on: October 12, 2010

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With all this talk of cool vintage and retro exhibits happening in the Boston area, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the exhibit of wonderful color photos of classic movie theaters, taken by Stefanie Klavens and on exhibit at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA. Her exhibit “The Art of The Movie Theater” was extended from its original closing date back in May, and is on display until October 31.

From the National Heritage Museum writeup:

Boston photographer Stefanie Klavens’ interest in 20th-century popular culture inspired her to begin shooting these images of grand picture houses over a decade ago. Regularly attending the Senator Theatre while growing up in Baltimore, Klavens always felt there was something special about the theater. Only years later, however, did she fully appreciate its 1930s Art Deco design. Not surprisingly, it was among the first venues she photographed.

Her continuing photographic journey has taken her all over the country, photographing ornate city palaces and intimate small-town movie houses. As more of these historic buildings close, Klavens documents this vanishing era in American culture.


senator-theatre-stefanie-klavens-retro-roadmap(This is the Senator Theatre in Baltimore, where Jenifer would see movies as a kid, and where good friends of Retro Roadmap T&P Shreeve had one of their first dates!)

About the Project: Klavens works in the traditional method, shooting on film, using only available light and long exposures for her interior views, and printing the photographs herself. All prints are loaned by the photographer.

sands-theatre-brush-co-stefanie-klavens-retro-roadmapI’m hoping to be able to make it to the exhibit in my chockablock full weekend at home, and you should make a plan to see these great photos as well!

The Art of the Movie Theater
National Heritage Museum
33 Marrett Rd
Lexington, MA 02421-5703
(781) 861-6559