Synopses & Reviews
Eileen Bowser chronicles the history of the American film business from the days of storefront nickelodeons to the premiere of D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation. The effect of the surroundingsthe size of the hall; whether the film was shown alone or along with vaudeville entertainment; and the size, quality, and relevance of the musical backgroundare all examined for their impact on the filmgoing experience.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -300) and indexes.
About the Author
Eileen Bowser is former Curator of Film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.