Triangle Modernist Houses Presents Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” at Galaxy Cinema

Gary Cooper in "The Fountainhead"

January 4, 2010 (CARY, NC) – Triangle Modernist (TMH) and Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture Gallery will present a special showing of “The Fountainhead,” the classic 1949 film based on Ayn Rand’s seminal novel, on Thursday, January 14, at 7 p.m. at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.

“The Fountainhead” screening is part of the Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series organized by George Smart, founder and director of TMH, to showcase movies in which modern architecture is the “star.”

The protagonist, Howard Roark, played by Gary Cooper, is a young, individualistic architect who chooses to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision.

“Roark is the embodiment of the human spirit and his struggle represents the triumph of individualism over collectivism,” Smart said.

The novel The Fountainhead was Rand’s first major literary success and brought her fame and financial security. More than five million copies of the book have been sold worldwide.

The Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series will continue February 18 with a showing of “The Lake House” starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. The real “star” of the film, according to Smart, is the unique house built exclusively for the film and curiously destroyed afterwards.  Smart will tell the story before the film.

On March 18, “Infinite Space” is an visually exhilarating documentary on California architect John Lautner’s lifelong quest to create “architecture that has no beginning and no end.”  Lautner, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, is famous for LA architecture including the Sheats Goldstein House, the Chemosphere House, and the Elrod and Bob Hope Houses in Palm Springs.

The final film, “Visual Acoustics,” will be screened on April 18. The film documents the life of Julius Shulman, arguably the most important architectural photographer of the 20th century, who worked with such icons as Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra and John Lautner.

Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture Gallery is sponsoring the entire series. Sponsors for “The Fountainhead” screening include Foundation bar & lounge, blueplate pr, Frank Bowman Designs Inc., and Tonic Design & Construction.

Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard, across the street from Cary Towne Center ( All movies in the series start at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $7.95 each, $23.95 for all four movies, or $9 each at the door.

For more information on the Nowell’s Architecture Movies Series, to buy advance tickets, and to see trailers for each of the featured films, visit

About Triangle Modernist Houses

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is a 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 to restoring and growing modernist architecture in the Triangle. The award-winning website, now the largest educational and historical archive for modernist residential design in America, continues to catalog, preserve, and advocate for North Carolina modernism.  TMH also hosts popular modernist house tours several times a year, giving the public access to the Triangle’s most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours raise awareness and help preserve these “works of art” for future generations. Visit the website at

2 thoughts on “Triangle Modernist Houses Presents Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” at Galaxy Cinema

  1. DK January 10, 2010 / 8:32 pm

    Wow, there’s a movie?

    Looks intriguing.

    I wonder if people interested in this film also saw My Architect–the one about Louis Kahn–and if so, what they thought. To date, I’ve heard mixed reviews.

    • kjw27612 January 11, 2010 / 5:41 pm

      “My Architect” is on TMH’s schedule for next year’s architecture film series!

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