Theaters is a generously illustrated and carefully researched history
of this beloved cultural building type. This first comprehensive study
of American theaters takes the reader on a visual journey from the early
playhouses to modern movie houses as theaters developed in colonial America,
on the western frontier, and in cities from coast to coast. Included
with this edition is a CD-ROM containing high-quality TIFF files of all
the illustrations, as well as a direct link to the Library of Congress's
online catalogue and image files. This one-of-a-kind book is must-have
resource for architects, historians, and theatre fans alike. Hardcover,
398 pp. $110.00.
Great Escapes: New Designs for Home Theatres by Theo Kalomirakis
Using styles that range from ultra-traditional to cutting edge
contemporary, Theo Kalomirkis is the foremost designer of home theatres.
This gorgeous book is a catalogue of his masterworks and a testament
to his unique talents. His visionary approach in the domain of home
entertainment is sure to inspire homeowners, architects, designers
and movie buffs alike. Hardcover, 204 pp. $75.00.
Places of Performance: The Semiotics of Theatre Architecture
This well illustrated volume uses models from architectural and urban
semiotics to show how a theatre building and its location within a city
reflect that society's
attitudes and concerns. Softcover, 212 pp. $43.95.
The Open Circle: Peter Brook's Theatre Environments
Andrew Todd and Jean-Guy Lecat
The eminently qualified authors have had the full participation of Peter Brook
and many of his creative collaborators in producing what is destined to be one
of the most widely read and most respected books on the creation of theatre in
the last fifty years. It is a book for anyone who has seen a Brook production,
read a book by Brook, or has had a memorable experience in a theatre anywhere.
The reader is given a detailed account of the collaboration which established
Brook's Centre International de Creations Theatrales and the discovery of the
long abandoned music hall theatre Les Bouffes du Nord in the not so chic 10th
Arr. north of the Gare du Nord in Paris. Following is a discussion of theatrical
space and volume and how Brook's creative work has been achieved and presented
at the bouffes and in many other theatres around the world. Brook shares
his ideas and inspirations to take the reader on a thrilling ride in theatre
space. 262 pp colour photos, drawings. $60.00.
Palaces of the Night
The author is an inveterate and highly knowledgable "vintage movie" fan.
He also has a passion for the buildings which became homes for those
watching the flickering images. This is a beautiful record of the great
architectural achievements in Canada created to show the movies way back
then, many of which are seeing new life today. SC $29.99.