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MICHAEL MILLER & SUSAN RITTEREISER - Historic Movie Houses of Austin
Saturday, January 14th at 3pm
MICHAEL MILLER & SUSAN RITTEREISER
speaking & signing
Historic Movie Houses of Austin
Long before Alamo Drafthouse, Austin possessed a thriving film scene, chronicled in photographs and documents collected by theater workers and donated to the Austin History Center. Now we can read the history of Austin’s movie houses (complete with lush photographs) thanks to the History Center’s Susan Rittereiser and Michael C. Miller. Join us to celebrate the men, women, and theaters that laid the foundation for Austin’s film community today.
ABOUT HISTORIC MOVIE HOUSES OF AUSTIN
Motion pictures came to Austin on October 10, 1896, debuting at the Hancock Opera House. Since then, movies have continued to enchant, entertain, and inform the citizens of the capital of Texas. And, the places—the movie houses and theaters—where people saw motion pictures played just as important a role in the moviegoing experience as the movies themselves. As the city’s population grew and motion picture technology changed, so too did Austin’s movie houses, from the first kinetoscope parlor on Congress Avenue to the city’ s first four-plex, the Aquarius 4, in southeast Austin. While most of these places are long gone, some withstood the test of time and are still showing movies or have been repurposed for other uses. Through the rich archival collections of the Austin History Center, Historic Movie Houses of Austin explores the stories of these important historic spaces and of the lives of those who were connected with them.
ABOUT MICHAEL MILLER & SUSAN
Susan B. Rittereiser is the curator of archives and manuscripts at the Austin History Center and is a movie buff and former filmmaker. Michael C. Miller is the manager of the Austin History Center and is the author of Austin’s First Cookbook.
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