• Cinema Context: Film in the Netherlands from 1896


    Cinema Context is an immensely rich database. It consists of four data collections that inform us about the fundamentals of film culture: films, cinemas, people and companies. Networks and patterns in film culture in the Netherlands may be analysed on the basis of this data. For more detail about the deep resources of this database, visit the site’s “about” page, and the “how to do” pages under the “resources” section is also a must see.

  • The Enlightened City


    The central aim of this collaborate research project between the universities of Antwerp and Ghent is to make a diachronical analysis of the social role of screen culture in Flanders (1895-2004) as a result of the tensions between commercial and ideological forces (in particular pillarisation) and the actual consumption, through a study of cinemas and film consumption in interaction with modernity, public space and urbanisation. The realisation of this central aim consists of three different parts. The first part covers an extended inventory of existing and historical cinemas in Flanders focussing on the geographical distribution and the relations between the commercial and the pillarised circuit. The main data are stored in an online database for further research at a later stage. The second phase includes a diachronical institutional analysis through research on cinemas, film exhibition and programming. Case-studies are done, among others, on Antwerp and Ghent. The third part consists of a historical audience study on the role of cinemas and film consumption and the experiences of leisure culture. With this research, we want to lay the foundations for future research on the interaction between film, screen culture and media audiences.

  • Filmgoing in Athens, Greece, 1939-1954


    These fifteen tables, compiled by Eirini Sifaki from the Greek film magazine Kinimatographicos Astir, list the twenty most popular films, measured in terms of admissions, that were screened in the central first-run cinemas of the Greek capital, Athens, from 1939 until 1954.

  • Filmgoing in Portsmouth in 1934

    http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/library/d36534_3.pdf (guidance notes [pdf])
    http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/library/c30449_2.xls (dataset [Excel file])

    This dataset is an ordered list of the popularity statitics (POPSTAT) scores of all the films shown in 21 sample cinemas in Portsmouth, England, in 1934, and it constitutes the POPSTAT Index of film popularity computed for Portsmouth for that year. The POPSTAT methodology was devised by John Sedgwick to get around the problem of counting each cinema as equal by estimating a proxy measure of the relative box-office revenues earned by any one film screened among a population of cinemas. All users are free reproduce (without editorial alteration) and interpret this data, as long as this source is properly credited.

  • The London Project


    The London Project is a major study of the film business in London, 1894-1914, organised by the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies. It is examining how the new film industry developed in London, England from the first peepshow Kinetoscope parlour in Oxford Street opened by Maguire & Baucus in October 1894, through to the building of studios in the suburbs and the dynamic spread of cinemas large and small throughout the city, as well as documenting London’s leading role as a worldwide sales and distribution centre for film. The London Project has produced a searchable database documenting cinemas and film businesses in London before the First World War.

  • Mapping Movies


    An interactive Geographic Information System (ARCView GIS) devoted to the social and cultural geography of moviegoing and film consumption throughout the twentieth century in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.

  • The Williamsburg Theater Project


    The Williamsburg Theatre Project aims to create an online archive of evidence about movie-going—and daily cultural life more generally—across the twentieth century in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, a small, mid-Atlantic town that is also simultaneously an iconic American location.

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