Movie Palace

  • David Beck, Movie Palace, 1990, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Ken and Judy Siebel and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2000.27

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Movie Palace is an elaborate kinetic sculpture that combines Hollywood escapism with the innocent pleasures of windup toys. Beck remembers moviegoing as a social experience that is disappearing from American culture today. Crafting this lost world in miniature creates the kind of magic that films once had, when they transported audiences to distant lands and improbable adventures. The building combines the Renaissance, Moorish, and Egyptian styles that movie houses shamelessly borrowed in the good old days.

Title
Movie Palace
Artists
Date
1990
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
84 x 40 x 22 in. (213.4 x 101.6 x 55.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Ken and Judy Siebel and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

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Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – civic – theater
Object Number
2000.27
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David Beck's Movie Palace

Movie Palace is an elaborate kinetic sculpture that combines Hollywood escapism with the innocent pleasures of windup toys. Beck remembers movie going as a social experience that is disappearing from American culture today. Crafting this lost world in miniature creates the kind of magic that films once had, when they transported audiences to distant lands and improbable adventures. The fantasy world of film may no longer be what it was, but Beck's Movie Palace reminds us of the pleasures of pretending.