Our Movie Houses: A History of Film and Cinematic Innovation in Central New York

Overview

Conventional screen histories tend to concentrate on New York City and Hollywood in chronicling the evolution of American cinema. Notwithstanding the tremendous contribution of both cities, Syracuse and Central New York also played a strategic-yet little-known-role in early screen history. In 1889 in Rochester, New York, George Eastman registered a patent for perforated celluloid film, a development that would telescope the international race to record motion by means of photography to the immediate future. In ...
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Overview

Conventional screen histories tend to concentrate on New York City and Hollywood in chronicling the evolution of American cinema. Notwithstanding the tremendous contribution of both cities, Syracuse and Central New York also played a strategic-yet little-known-role in early screen history. In 1889 in Rochester, New York, George Eastman registered a patent for perforated celluloid film, a development that would telescope the international race to record motion by means of photography to the immediate future. In addition, the first public film projection occurred in Syracuse, New York, in 1896. Norman O. Keim and David Marc provide a highly readable and richly detailed account of the origins of American film in Central New York, the colorful history of neighborhood theaters in Syracuse, and the famous film personalities who got their start in the unlikely snow belt of New York State. Lavishly illustrated, this book will be treasured by both film buffs and Central New Yorkers.
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Editorial Reviews

Central New York Magazine
A trove of information, for the historian of film and the casual reader.
Syracuse City Eagle
A fascinating read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815608967
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Television and Popular Culture Series
  • Pages: 140
  • Sales rank: 837,280
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Pt. 1 History

1 Origins of American Film in Central New York State 3

2 The Nickelodeon Era, 1909-1919 22

3 The Roaring Twenties: Movie Palaces and Theater Organs 38

4 The Great Depression and the War: Talkies, Double Features, and Dish Night 57

5 End of the Studio Era: TV, Widescreen Projection, and Drive-ins 65

6 The Schine and Kallet Circuits: Exhibition in Central New York 72

7 Neighborhood Theaters in the City of Syracuse 87

Pt. 2 People

8 Cinema Figures with Links to Central and Upstate New York: A Biographical Dictionary 95

App. A Theater Organs 141

App. B Drive-in Theaters in Central New York, Past and Present 145

App. C The Schine and Kallet Theater Chains in Central New York 147

App. D Central New York Movie Theaters 157

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