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Author of acclaimed "Boston's Downtown Movie Palaces" to present talk

Posted by boston.com  September 21, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Abbot Public Library:

Join media expert Art Singer, on Tuesday, October 1st, at 7:00 pm, at Abbot Public Library, for an information-packed, entertaining, and highly interactive trip through film and movie theater history!  Filled with memorable pictures, stories and film clips, Singer’s presentation – entitled, “When Everyone Went to the Movies!” –  will cover Boston’s unique role in the development of the movie business, from the earliest showings of moving images to the one-reel nickelodeons of the early 1900s, to the road shows of the 1960s, and the evolution of movie “palaces,” from the mighty Metropolitan to the art deco Paramount.  Singer also will discuss the extension of movie theaters beyond the city to outlying communities, including Marblehead’s Warwick Theater.

Arthur J. Singer is a broadcaster, communications and media manager, and author. He was born and raised in Boston’s Dorchester area in the 1940’s and 1950’s and graduated from the Boston Public Schools. From an early age, he was attracted to the arts and media of the city, 

Singer received two degrees from Boston University: a BS in Marketing and Advertising and an MS in Communications. He is the recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater for Distinguished Service to Profession.

Art Singer spent 33 years in the public broadcasting industry as a producer, director, fund raiser, marketing executive and state network CEO.  He later became Associate Vice President for TV, Radio, and Film Production at Emerson College in Boston and served as Board President of the Boston Neighborhood Network community access TV stations.

Singer also is author of Boston’s Downtown Movie Palaces, an illustrated history of the city’s major role in the development of the film industry, and Arthur Godfrey: Adventures of an American Broadcaster (McFarland 2000), as well as executive producer of the A&E Biography on the controversial star.

Today, he consults with broadcasting and nonprofit clients and is the founding President of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame organization.

The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. For additional information, please call 781-631-1481 or visit www.abbotlibrary.org.

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