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Adam Martin

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From: Dallas, TX
Registered: Feb 2003

 - posted March 08, 2009 12:42 PM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin         Edit/Delete Post 
Which chains had "art galleries" in the lobby? These basically consisted of artwork on the walls with price tags.

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Dan Roben

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From: Seattle, WA
Registered: May 2003

 - posted March 08, 2009 02:20 PM      Profile for Dan Roben           Edit/Delete Post 
In the Seattle area, General Cinemas featured "starving artists" paintings hung on the lobby walls. I recall seeing these paintings in the 1970s when the Everett Mall I II III and Aurora Cinema I II opened, and I remember their opening ads proudly announcing an "art gallery" as one of their "many" amenities. At some point in time, they went away but I can't remember when.

The only other chain I am aware of that featured art for sale in the lobby was National Amusements Showcase Cinemas.

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Scott D. Neff
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From: San Francisco, CA
Registered: Feb 2003

 - posted March 08, 2009 06:19 PM      Profile for Scott D. Neff   Email Scott D. Neff         Edit/Delete Post 
I imagine GCC and NA both having art galleries may have had something to do with their proximity to each other? Perhaps because they shared architects back in the 60's/70's?

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Mark Lensenmayer
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From: Columbus, OH
Registered: Feb 2003

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I saw artwork at all of the 60's build GCC theatres (white box buildings with the shadowbox screens) in Central Ohio. I also saw some in the Showcase Cinema in Toledo.

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