This, at least, is the view of John Eberson, an American movie theater architect working between 1915 and 1950: “Here we find ourselves today . . . building super-cinemas of enormous capacities, excelling in splendor, in luxury and in furnishings the most palatial homes of princes and crowned kings for and on behalf of His Excellency—the American Citizen.” Quoted by Karal Ann Marling, “Fantasies in Dark Places: The Cultural Geography of the American Movie Palace,” in Textures of Place: Exploring Humanist Geographies, ed. Paul C. Adams, Steven Hoelscher, and Karen E. Till (2001), 10.