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“Garden and landscape design featured large in the auditorium, often turning the theater into a Mediterranean courtyard. The Loew´s Paradise, Eberson´s masterpiece, was one such urban garden. True to its name, it contained the erotics of garden spectacle in its edenic architectonics. This movie palace was archaeological find, architectural marvel, and landscape garden in one, complete with weather reports. As in an Italian interior garden or a courtyard, in this 4,000-seat theater one could see the sky, framed by the architectural walls. The ceiling displayed clouds that drifted across the dark blue surface of a celestial map, with lighting that changed  over the course of time from blue to pink to orange and then into twinkling of stars. The constellations were drawn with such cartographic accuracy they offered a veritable astronomy lesson”.

:: via Atlas of Emotion, Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film – Giuliana Bruno ::

:: photo via Singular Forms ::