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Orientalism and Chicago's Avalon Regal Theater

Go inside a former Chicago movie palace, and learn the histories of Orientalism and "Moorish style" architecture

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When Chicago architects designed movie theaters in the 1920s and 1930s, they often adopted elements of other cultures. Chicago's Avalon Regal theater is a good example.


On this virtual tour, you'll go inside the Avalon Regal, designed in the "Moorish style." Along the way, you'll learn about Orientalism, an exoticized representation of Asia or the Middle East in a stereotyped way.

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