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Publication date:

02 March 2015

Length of book:

496 pages


University of Exeter Press

ISBN-13: 9780859899161

This book analyses the diverse historical and geographical circumstances in which audiences have viewed American cinema. It looks at cinema audiences ranging from Manhattan nickelodeons to the modern suburban megaplex, and from provincial, small-town or rural America to the shanty towns of South Africa.

Going to the Movies studies the social and cultural history of movie audiences. Ranging broadly across historical time and geographical place, it analyses the role of movie theatres in local communities, the links between film and other entertainment media, non-theatrical exhibition and trends arising from the globalisation of audiences. There is an emphasis on movie-going outside the American North-East, and several chapters analyse the complexities of race and race formation in relation to cinema attendance

Going to the Movies provides a fascinating range of consistently well-written chapters by a good selection of the best film historians on both sides of the Atlantic.  With 68 pages of detailed references and an excellent index, this book is highly recommended for film research libraries and those with a serious interest in historical movie-going studies.’  (Media International Australia, No. 129, November 2008)

‘this excellent collection’  (Stuart Hanson, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2011)