It's hard to imagine that in 1900 there were no movie theaters at all! Then, in less than three decades, America moved from the nickelodeon and silent film to motion pictures with sound! As the movies became very popular, thousands of movie theaters were built across the country. The largest theaters were called "movie palaces," elaborate structures with ornate decoration inside and out. One, the Paramount, was built in 1931 as the country was moving toward the Great Depression. Although many theaters failed during the nation's hardest economic times, the Paramount remained open. Today, it is one of the major remaining movie palaces in the United States.