One Thousand Nights at the Movies: An Illustrated History of Motion Pictures, 1895-1915

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One Thousand Nights at the Movies is a detailed history of the birth of motion pictures. This richly illustrated coffee-table book charts the tumultuous growth from early inventions and Edison's innovations through the creation of film studios, picture palaces, and the first movie stars. Uniquely, the book celebrates and explores the showmanship of mom-and-pop Main Street nickelodeon theaters across the United States through a wealth of spectacular, never-before-published photographs and rare archival evidence. ...
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Overview

One Thousand Nights at the Movies is a detailed history of the birth of motion pictures. This richly illustrated coffee-table book charts the tumultuous growth from early inventions and Edison's innovations through the creation of film studios, picture palaces, and the first movie stars. Uniquely, the book celebrates and explores the showmanship of mom-and-pop Main Street nickelodeon theaters across the United States through a wealth of spectacular, never-before-published photographs and rare archival evidence. The authors bring a lifetime of research to this fascinating story of how an upstart new entertainment medium struggled in the early 1900's to become America's greatest form of popular culture — how it went from Main Street to Wall Street and changed the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780794832506
  • Publisher: Whitman Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Pages: 414
  • Sales rank: 1,395,445
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Paul Spehr
  • Introduction
  • Style Notes
  • Chapter 1: Pictures in Motion
  • Chapter 2: The First Movies
  • Chapter 3: Penny Arcades and Picture Parlors
  • Chapter 4: A Storefront and Scarcely More
  • Chapter 5: Nickelodeons on Main Street
  • Chapter 6: Outfitting and Equipping a Theater
  • Chapter 7: Planning the Picture Show
  • Chapter 8: The Movies Become Big Business
  • Chapter 9: Movies in Parks and Outdoors
  • Chapter 10: The Traveling Picture Show
  • Chapter 11: Movies with Sound and Color
  • Chapter 12: Music and Sound Effects
  • Chapter 13: Posters, Publicity, and Excitement
  • Chapter 14: Film Stars and Fans in the Nickelodeon Era
  • Chapter 15: "Trust" Studios and Their Players
  • Chapter 16: "Independent" and Other Studios and Their Players
  • Chapter 17: New Thrills Each Week: The Serials
  • Chapter 18: You Can't Watch That!
  • Epilogue
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    More content information on One Thousand Nights at the Movies, f

    More content information on One Thousand Nights at the Movies, from coauthor KFS. Well, of course I am going to give our book 5 stars, but I wanted to provide readers with more details about this huge project that Dave Bowers and I have put years into creating. It weighs nearly 7 pounds! 670 amazing illustrations (one of a kind, real-photo-postcard images of Main Street nickelodeon theaters from Dave's collection) and nearly 200,000 words of text crammed into 414 pages. Whitman printed it in China with the top-quality production values that make their numismatic books so outstanding. The photos just "pop" off the pages in detail. Here are more details about the topics we cover --

    You will find discussion of major movie figures of the 1895-1915 era --Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Florence Lawrence, Florence Turner, John Bunny, Pearl White, Maurice Costello, Mary Fuller, Carl Laemmle, Thomas Edison, Edwin Porter, D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, Blanche Sweet, Dorothy Gish, Thomas Tally, Arthur Johnson, Henry Walthall, Broncho Billy Anderson, Mabel Normand, Norma Talmadge, Anita Stewart, Tom Mix, Theda Bara, Florence LaBadie, Allan Dwan, Francis X. Bushman, Gene Gauntier, Lyman Howe, Cook &Harris, Alice Joyce, Wallace Reid, Ben Turpin, Kathlyn Williams, and Adolph Zukor.

    Histories of all the American studios - Edison, Biograph, Vitagraph, Lubin, Essanay, Selig, Thanhouser, Keystone, IMP, Universal, Melies, Pathe, Kalem, Kleine, Bison, Fox. The development of the film industry, its trade journals like Billboard and Moving Picture World, advertising and posters, film exchanges, production in locations across the US, famous film subjects, musical accompaniment, the growth of Hollywood, local laws and regulations, and censorship.

    Studies of moviegoing in cities and towns such as Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cooperstown, St. Louis, Seattle, Denver, New Rochelle, Boston, Bangor, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Dallas, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Washington, Philadelphia, and in 48 of the 50 states.

    History of the development of film exhibition from shows at Koster and Bial's Music Hall to vaudeville, penny arcades, amusement parks, electric trolley parks, world's fairs, to itinerants and traveling exhibitors, to storefront shows, nickelodeons, airdomes and the earliest picture palaces. And technological history of early cameras, projectors, slides, illustrated songs, automatic musical instruments, player pianos, orchestrions, and Wurlitzer organs.

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