Hollywood in the Neighborhood: Historical Case Studies of Local Moviegoing / Edition 1

Hollywood in the Neighborhood: Historical Case Studies of Local Moviegoing / Edition 1

by Kathryn Fuller-Seeley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520249739

ISBN-13: 9780520249738

Pub. Date: 03/04/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

Hollywood in the Neighborhood presents a vivid new picture of how movies entered the American heartland-the thousands of smaller cities, towns, and villages far from the East and West Coast film centers. Drawing on a broad range of research sources, essays from scholars including Richard Abel, Robert Allen, Kathryn Fuller-Seeley, Terry Lindvall, and Greg Waller…  See more details below

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Hollywood in the Neighborhood presents a vivid new picture of how movies entered the American heartland-the thousands of smaller cities, towns, and villages far from the East and West Coast film centers. Drawing on a broad range of research sources, essays from scholars including Richard Abel, Robert Allen, Kathryn Fuller-Seeley, Terry Lindvall, and Greg Waller examine in detail the social and cultural changes this new form of entertainment brought to towns from Gastonia, North Carolina to Placerville, California, and from Norfolk, Virginia to rural Ontario, and beyond. Emphasizing the roles of local exhibitors, neighborhood audiences, regional cultures, and the growing national mass media, these essays demonstrate how motion pictures so quickly and successfully moved into old opera houses and glittering new picture palaces on Main streets across America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520249738
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Setting the Contexts
Introduction: Researching and Writing the History of Local Moviegoing   Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley   George Potamianos     3
Decentering Historical Audience Studies: A Modest Proposal   Robert C. Allen     20
Origins
Case Studies
The Itinerant Movie Show and the Development of the Film Industry   Calvin Pryluck     37
Early Film Exhibition in Wilmington, North Carolina   Anne Morey     53
Building Movie Audiences in Placerville, California, 1908-1915   George Potamianos     75
Cinema Virtue, Cinema Vice: Race, Religion, and Film Exhibition in Norfolk, Virginia, 1908-1922   Terry Lindvall     91
Integration and Variations
Case Studies
The Movies in a "Not So Visible Place": Des Moines, Iowa, 1911-1914   Richard Abel     107
Digging the Finest Potatoes from Their Acre: Government Film Exhibition in Rural Ontario, 1917-1934   Charles Tepperman     130
At the Movies in the "Biggest Little City in Wisconsin"   Leslie Midkiff DeBauche     149
Maturity and Crisis in the 1930s
Case Studies
Imagining and Promoting the Small-Town Theater   Gregory A. Waller     169
"What the Picture Did for Me": Small-Town Exhibitors' Strategies for Surviving the Great Depression   Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley     186
"Something for Nothing": Bank Night and the Refashioning of the American Dream   Paige Reynolds     208
Looking Backward, Looking Forward
Bad Sound and Sticky Floors: An Ethnographic Look at the Symbolic Value of Historic Small-Town Movie Theaters   Kevin Corbett     233
Conclusion: When Theory Hits the Road   Ronald G. Walters     250
Contributors     263
Selected Bibliography     267
Index     271

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