The  Perils Of Moviegoing In America: 1896-1950 by Gary D. RhodesThe  Perils Of Moviegoing In America: 1896-1950 by Gary D. Rhodes

The Perils Of Moviegoing In America: 1896-1950

byGary D. Rhodes

Paperback | November 24, 2011

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During the first fifty years of the American cinema, the act of going to the movies was a risky process, fraught with a number of possible physical and moral dangers. Film fires were rampant, claiming many lives, as were movie theatre robberies, which became particularly common during the Great Depression. Labor disputes provoked a large number of movie theatre bombings, while low-level criminals like murderers, molesters, and prostitutes plied their trades in the darkened auditoriums. That was all in addition to the spread of disease, both real (as in the case of influenza) and imagined ("movie eyestrain").

Audiences also confronted an array of perceived moral dangers. Blue Laws prohibited Sunday film screenings, though theatres ignored them in many areas, sometimes resulting in the arrests of entire audiences. Movie theatre lotteries became another problem, condemned by politicians and clergymen throughout America for being immoral gambling.

The Perils of Moviegoing in America: 1896-1950 provides the first history of the many threats that faced film audiences, threats which claimed hundreds, if not thousands, of lives.

Gary D. Rhodes, PhD, is currently Head of Area for Film Studies at The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author of Lugosi (McFarland, 1997) and White Zombie: Anatomy of a Horror Film (McFarland, 2002). Rhodes has also written and directed a number of documentary films.
Title:The Perils Of Moviegoing In America: 1896-1950Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.52 × 0.9 inPublished:November 24, 2011Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:144113610X

ISBN - 13:9781441136107

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Conflagration
Chapter Two: Thieves Among Us
Chapter Three: It's Catching
Chapter Four: Bombs Away
Chapter Five: The Devil's Apothecary Shops
Chapter Six: The Sunday Blues
Chapter Seven: Something for Nothing

Editorial Reviews

Rhodes' superbly researched work brings excitedly to life - and death - the many risks and rewards of American moviegoing in the first parts of the last century. Perils offers a highly unique contribution to the ongoing historiographic reworking of the role of the movie theater in urban modernity. -- Michael Aronson, author of Nickelodeon City: Pittsburgh at the Movies, 1905-1929, and Associate Director of Cinema Studies, University of Oregon