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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786413614
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/03/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface1
Introduction3
1Cinema in the Sixties5
2Demise of the Production Code15
3Multiplexes and Twinning87
4Projection94
5Cinematography106
6The Home Entertainment Revolution124
7Distribution Changes in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties142
8Alternate Venues163
9Digital Cinema187
10The Fate of Film196
App. ASurviving Movie Palaces199
App. BSurviving Drive-Ins218
App. CClassic Studio Style Cinematographers225
App. DContemporary Style Cinematographers235
Notes247
Bibliography251
Index259

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