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Moviegoing Experience, 1968-2001 / Edition 1
     

Moviegoing Experience, 1968-2001 / Edition 1

by Richard W. Haines
 

ISBN-10: 0786413611

ISBN-13: 9780786413614

Pub. Date: 02/03/2003

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

The experience of going to the movies, be it a single screen theater, twin, multiplex or drive-in, is affected by many different factors that have shifted over the years. Just as movies emerged from silent to talking, black and white to color, there has invariably been change in the way movies are made, copied, distributed and viewed. This change in the moviegoing

Overview

The experience of going to the movies, be it a single screen theater, twin, multiplex or drive-in, is affected by many different factors that have shifted over the years. Just as movies emerged from silent to talking, black and white to color, there has invariably been change in the way movies are made, copied, distributed and viewed. This change in the moviegoing experience, for better or for worse, is worth studying.
This work examines the American moviegoing experience from 1968 to 2001—the way in which movies are made and regulated (including the demise of the Production Code and the emergence of the ratings system) as well as changes in lighting, cinematography and coloring techniques. The projection practices of the past and present, during and after the presence of the Projectionists Union, and the advent of the “platter,” which allowed for automated projection, are discussed.
How home video and cable affected the content of films after the eighties and the history of computerized special effects leading to the development of digital cinema projection are included. The work also covers the changing types of venues over the last third of a century and other aspects that affect, positively or negatively, the entire moviegoing experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786413614
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/03/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Introduction 3

1 Cinema in the Sixties 5

2 Demise of the Production Code 15

3 Multiplexes and Twinning 87

4 Projection 94

5 Cinematography 106

6 The Home Entertainment Revolution 124

7 Distribution Changes in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties 142

8 Alternate Venues 163

9 Digital Cinema 187

10 The Fate of Film 196

Appendix A: Surviving Movie Palaces 199

Appendix B: Surviving Drive-Ins 218

Appendix C: Classic Studio Style Cinematographers 225

Appendix D: Contemporary Style Cinematographers 235

Notes 247

Bibliography 251

Index 259

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