“It has been a long time since I have so thoroughly enjoyed a work of film history. The specialists aren’t the only audience for whom this book is intended. . . .One of the best local histories of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. Aronson is that rare creature: a prodigious researcher who knows how to write. There is [not] a dull sentence in the entire book.”
—Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
“Pittsburgh was the epicenter of the nickelodeon boom. Until now, accounts of what was often called 'the Pittsburgh Idea' have been more myth and legend dressed up with a few scattered facts than coherent history. Nickelodeon City is a book that was waiting, needing to be written. Who would have guessed it could be done with such perceptiveness and depth.”
—Charles Musser, professor of film studies, Yale University, and author of The Emergence of Cinema
“Michael Aronson's Nickelodeon City is “It is also a wonderful evocation of Pittsburgh when the steel mills stretched twenty miles down the river. For anyone who loves Pittsburgh and the movies, this elegantly written book is a real treat.