A sampling of some of the most vibrant, colorful signs.

If you're into cities, urban history, or even typefaces, it's hard to ignore a theater marquee.

These architectural appendages have lured us into plays and movies for decades, but changing tastes and technologies have made them a more uncommon sight. As they become more rare, old marquees have taken on a deeper cultural meaning, frequently serving as visual anchors for a street or cultural district.

Realizing this, many municipalities have seen the importance of funding their restorations when necessary. We looked around for theater marquees in various conditions throughout North America. Here are a few highlights:

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