An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928, Volume 3
Scribner, 1990 - Performing Arts - 395 pages
V. 1. The emergence of cinema : the American screen to 1907 / Charles Musser -- v. 2. The transformation of cinema, 1907-1915 / Eileen Bowser -- v. 3. An evening's entertainment : the age of the silent feature picture, 1915-1928 / Richard Koszarski -- v. 4. The talkies : American cinema's transition to sound, 1926-1931 / Donald Crafton -- v. 5. Grand design : Hollywood as a modern business enterprise, 1930-1939 / Tino Balio -- v. 6. Boom and bust : the American cinema in the 1940s / Thomas Schatz -- v. 7. Transforming the screen, 1950-1959 / Peter Lev -- v. 8. The sixties, 1960-1969 / Paul Monaco -- v. 9. Lost illusions : American cinema in the shadow of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970-1979 / David A. Cook -- v. 10. A new pot of gold : Hollywood under the electronic rainbow, 1980-1989 / Stephen Prince.
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Small theaters continued to provide the backbone of national film exhibition.
Nearly 64 percent of all theaters seated five hundred or less, while not even 9
percent seated over a thousand. While 62 percent were open for more or less the
movies five to seven times a week, while only o.4 percent of local Boy Scouts did
the same. More significant is the fact that the vast majority of children (69.2
percent) attended neighborhood theaters almost exclusively, avoiding the
In 1920 W. Stephen Bush reported in the New York Times that 60 percent of film
audiences were women, but in 1927 the Moving Picture World set the figure as
high as 83 percent.27 While fan magazines organized popularity polls as ...
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These are the initial three volumes in a projected ten-volume series, scheduled for completion in 1993, which explores American cinema through the 1980s. Musser, who teaches film studies at NYU and ... Read full review
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