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When movies were theater : architecture, exhibition, and the evolution of American film

Author: William Paul
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]
Series: Film and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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There was a time when seeing a movie meant more than seeing a film. The theater itself shaped the very perception of events onscreen. This multilayered history tells the story of American film through the evolution of theater architecture and the surprisingly varied ways movies were shown, ranging from Edison's 1896 projections to the 1968 Cinerama premiere of Stanley Kubrick's '2001'. The study matches distinct  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Paul
ISBN: 9780231176569 0231176562 9780231176576 0231176570
OCLC Number: 927446165
Description: xvi, 422 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : An art of the theater --
Making movies fit --
Store theaters: a radical break --
Palatial architecture, democratized audience --
Elite taste in a mass medium --
Uncanny theater --
The architectural screen --
Conclusion : Ontological fade-out --
Appendix 1. Stage shows and double features in select markets outside New York City --
Appendix 2. Feature films based on theatrical sources, 1914-2011 --
Appendix 3. Filmography --
Appendix 4. List of theaters.
Series Title: Film and culture.
Responsibility: William Paul.
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There was a time when seeing a movie meant more than seeing a film. The theater itself shaped the very perception of events onscreen. This multilayered history tells the story of American film through the evolution of theater architecture and the surprisingly varied ways movies were shown, ranging from Edison's 1896 projections to the 1968 Cinerama premiere of Stanley Kubrick's '2001'. The study matches distinct architectural forms to movie styles, showing how cinema's roots in theater influenced business practices, exhibition strategies, and film technologies.
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Just as the very concept of 'going to the movies' in a theatrical space seems under threat and antiquated, William Paul's informed and rigorous look back at what going to the moves once Read more...

 
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