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Penny Arcade to Movie Palace
In 1903, Paramount mogul, Adolph Zukor, opened a penny-arcade (playing short films inside a viewing box) in New York City that generated $100,000 in pennies in the first year of operation. In 1905, Lumiere brothers’ cinematograph, made it possible to show longer films in a Nickelodeon, called that to reflect the increased price. The first movie palace was New York’s 1,845-seat Regent Theater built in1913, designed by Thomas Lamb and modeled after the Doge’s Palace in Venice.
Click on image above to read an excerpt from: "1950 - The Best Year for Legendary Department Stores"
Legendary Department Stores
Daily shopping was done locally, often within walking distance of home, but going shopping at the department stores in the city was an occasion. There was something special about the department stores—the hardwood floors, the chandeliers, the uniformed sales clerks, and the inviting ‘tea room’ restaurants—that made shopping unique. They had the newest fashions, an impressive array of the household goods, enticing sales, and, at Christmas, awesome window displays and elaborate toy departments. Even if your purchase was small, going into these stores was a treat.