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In Their Own Words: Nostalgia, Trivia and Memory in Local Cinema History
Britain has a strong history of popular local cinema history, particularly as explored by amateur historians and non-academics. While they vary in their modes of address, they share a common emphasis on collating empirical ...
Almost, If Not Quite, As Good as the W.E.: On Sound Apparatus, 1929-1930
1929 and 1930 were years of concentrated change within the British film exhibition industry. Sound cinema had quickly established itself as the essential attraction of the time, and cinemas throughout the country swiftly ...
Directing The Kingsway Cinema, 1927
The Kingsway Cinema in King’s Heath, Birmingham, opened in 1925 as a super cinema to serve a localised, habitually attending audience. It showed second-run screenings at low prices, and handily out-performed its only local ...
The Evaluation of Audio in Britain in Early Sound Cinema
The coming of sound was a swift and decisive moment in cinema history. In the space of half a decade, the paradigms for film production and exhibition underwent a sea change largely unparalleled elsewhere in the medium’s ...
The Conversion to Sound of the Kingsway and the Ideal Cinemas in King's Heath, 1929-1932
Business records constitute a fundamental source of primary empirical evidence, which illuminate the granular details that collectively form wider regional and national trends. Their rarity has meant that each discovery ...
Here to Stay: Sound Becomes Inevitable in 1928-1930
During the years of transition to sound, no-one had any real idea as to what the lasting impact of the new talking picture would be. Amidst confusion and scepticism amongst film producers and exhibitors alike about the ...
Banging the Gong: The Promotional Strategies of Britain’s J. Arthur Rank Organisation in the 1950s
(Taylor and Francis, 2016-06-03)
This article addresses the neglect in academic studies of film culture of the publicist’s role, particularly in British film production and distribution. Taking the last decade of the British studio system(the 1950s) and ...
Britain’s Screen Inferiority Complex: Union and Institutional Responses to the Coming of Sound, 1929-35
Sound cinema came to Britain and the rest of Europe during a period of general decline in national film industry. The end of the First World War had seen capital and investment in British filmmaking decrease, bolstered by ...
Liking The Magus
(State University of New York Press, 2014)
A comparative analysis of the novel and film of The Magus.
"Town centres first”: The relocation of the cinema from out-of-town to the town centre in Britain since 1985
(BFI/Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
Though the multiplex cinema is still located predominantly outside the urban centre, changes to planning laws in the past fifteen years and a developing culture of “town centres first” has seen the re-emergence of the ...