The Moving Picture Show:

A diary of 100 years of 
moviegoing in Grapevine Texas

by James Lawrence Groebe

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A few miles north of DFW International Airport, in historic downtown Grapevine Texas, there stands a Palace. Grapevine’s beloved Palace Theatre, built in 1940, is one of the town’s jewels. But Grapevine's love affair with movies dates back to 1901 and spans a dozen different theatres. Generations of residents have been happily entertained at the Palace, the Mustang drive-in, the Grapevine Mills megaplex, and other screens now forgotten.

Even Grapevine, whose population rarely exceeded 1,000 for much of the 20th century, can reveal much about the history of moviegoing. Grapevine’s theatres offer a close-up view of the ways we’ve watched film: from simple novelty to epic experience; from borrowed storefronts to fantastical hi-tech palaces; and starring a cast of local dreamers, shrewd businessmen, and giant corporations. The moving picture show has faced a century of challenges: radio, television, wars, and even the highway system.  It's a story shared by communities across the USA.

The Moving Picture Show is the product of hundreds of hours of research into original source material, collected into a comprehensive narrative for the first time. This is the full story of Grapevine's moviegoing history: where we went to the movies; who showed them; how we watched and what we saw. It's full of drama, comedy, suspense, and a happy ending, featuring a cast of thousands - the town of Grapevine, Texas.

180+ pages with scores of newspaper clippings, ads, and photos.  
6" x 9" Trade Paperback •  ISBN 987-1-71-45641-7

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James Lawrence Groebe is a media historian, member of the Grapevine Historical Society, and former curator of the National Museum of Communications

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