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Samuel Roxy Rothafel

One of the great showmen of the 1920's silent screen era, he was the impresario for many of the great movie palaces such as the Capitol, The Strand, and the self-named Roxy Theater in New York. Roxy has been credited with many movie presentation innovations including syncing orchestral music to movies (in the silent screen era) and having multiple projectors to effect seemless reel changes. The book, The Best Remaining Seats by Ben Hall (1961), gives a good overview of the grand movie palaces of the 1920s and, specifically, of Roxy himself.

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