CONTINUOUS PERFORMANCE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF A. J. BALABAN

1942. Item #82684

BALABAN, Carrie. CONTINUOUS PERFORMANCE: THE STORY OF A. J. BALABAN AS TOLD TO HIS WIFE. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1942. Author's Autograph Edition, number 255 of 500, signed by both the author, Carrie Balaban, and her husband/subject, A. J. Blaban. Illustrated with b/w photo reproductions and, in a rear pocket, a small facsimile issue of Variety with a special section (the only part reproduced besides the front page) on Balaban.. xiv + [2] + 240 pp. 8vo., blue-grey cloth stamped in gilt with red ribbon marker. Very good - binding with minor shelfwear, some faint spotting to spine; interior is fine, clean and crisp, except for the rear hinge, which is cracked. Dust jacket is in good condition, several small closed tears, rear panel creased, edges nicked. A. J. Balaban (1889-1962) was an innovative showman who grew with the motion picture industry and changed the way Americans experienced movie going. Starting in 1909 in Chicago, where he ran a nickelodeon house, he went on to develop grand movie palaces that integrated movies and live stage shows that alternated throughout the day in continuous performance. Scarce.

Price: $75.00

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