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- Movies have entertained and enlightened us for over a century. Just as important as the films themselves, the spaces where we experience them has a major impact on how these motion pictures impact our lives. The Austin History Center’s new exhibit, “The First Picture Shows: Historic Austin Movie Houses,” explores the many film venues throughout Austin’s history, from the first motion picture screening in 1896 to the rise of the multiplexes. The exhibit will be on display from March 20 until August 19, 2012 at the Austin History Center. Join us for the exhibit's opening reception hosted by the Austin History Center Association on Tuesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Austin History Center. The reception will include a moderated panel discussion with Jay Podolnick, Jim Maloy, and John Stewart. Jay Podolonick's parents founded the Trans Texas Theater Co. in Austin in the 1950s along with his grandfather, Louis Novy, who started in the theater business in 1917. Jim Maloy is a retired projectionist who worked in the movie theater business in Austin for over 40 years. John Stewart is the current projectionist at the Paramount Theater and has worked as a projectionist in Austin for 40 years. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. www.austinhistorycenter.com
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