Ever wonder what the movies used to be like? The look and feel of your wallet was a lot less dented and the aesthetic of the movie theaters was something to talk about! 

Maybe it’s because it’s Friday or maybe it’s because it’s the holiday season, but I’m feeling nostalgic and these gorgeous black and white photos by American photographer Ave Pildas immediately grabbed my attention today. Before we were asked to “please silence your cellphones,” there stood a box office much different than the ones we’re used to. In the present day, there are tons of great features coming out and so I thought it would be fun to throw it back to a bygone era and take a look at what going to the movies used to look like.

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Via Ave Pildas/Joseph Bellows Gallery

The details of these box offices are what I find to be most exciting. It is so much more than a computer and ticket printer! I’m honestly loving the glamorous vibe that used to accompany the movie-going experience. These days you see people showing up in sweats, but back then going to the movies was a pretty big deal and getting dressed to the nines would have been the norm!

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Via Ave Pildas/Joseph Bellows Gallery

Back in the day movie prices were so low that you could actually get a large popcorn, drink, and ticket for under $20! Ahh...those were the days! Can we get back to that?! These vintage box office photographs were taken in the 1970s by Pildas mostly around California and represent a time when there was one silver screen, as opposed to the 20 to 30 we have in a theater now. What a simple time that must have been! But, I must say I do love the fact that today there are many different show times and bunches of movies out all at once!

Movie ticket prices might have increased, but the love for seeing movies hasn't decreased in the slightest! Personally, I’m a huge fan and after talking about theaters I just want to go see a movie! What’s your take on these old school box offices?

**Thanks to Mashable for bringing these photographs to my attention. All images are c/o Ave Pildas and the Joseph Bellows Gallery.