Impeccably clean and markedly more preserved than the great many crumbling cineplexes around the world, these gorgeous theaters in California hark back to a time when going to see a film was tinged with much more pomp and glamour than a trip to one of today's boxy, nondescript theaters. Shot by French photographer Franck Bohbot, the collection includes interiors from Oakland, Calif.'s Grand Lake Theater (above)—built in 1926 as a vaudeville and silent movie house—as well as the Warner Grand Theatre (below) built in 1931 in San Pedro, Calif., and L.A.'s famed, 1940's Crest Westwood theater (below). Each offers hand-painted murals, ornate ceiling moldings, and Art Deco detailing. Take a look at a few more photos below, then head over to Boing Boing to see them all.
· Beautiful movie palaces of California [BoingBoing]
· Grand Lake Theater [Cinema Treasures]
· California Crestwood [Official site]
· Warner Grand Theatre [San Pedro]