This list of venues was first compiled in 2014 with an initial goal of finding all of the historic theaters in the United States that were still open and available to experience. As the project went on - and on and on - it became obvious that there were more than movie houses still surviving and the definition of "open" was rather fluid. It also became clear that it was necessary to start taking note of the venues that weren't open, but could be. And the places that still have an organ. And all of the additional names they're known by......
Now over 3700 entries later, more places to include are still being found (thanks to many of the resources listed on the Resources pages).
As you move through the states you'll see that venues are categorized as
CHURCH / GALLERY / NIGHTCLUB / RETAIL
Those that don't fall into OPEN or CLOSED are places that are still open and functioning as something, but not as a showplace, but have enough, if not all, the elements remaining to bring back together as a showplace if the opportunity came. You will likely notice that some of the OPEN seem more like NIGHTCLUB , but if there are shows going on, showplace still fits.
This site was not created by subject experts, so if there's something not factual, please contact us and set it straight.
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