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Directing The Kingsway Cinema, 1927
The Kingsway Cinema in King’s Heath, Birmingham, opened in 1925 as a super cinema to serve a localised, habitually attending audience. It showed second-run screenings at low prices, and handily out-performed its only local ...
The Conversion to Sound of the Kingsway and the Ideal Cinemas in King's Heath, 1929-1932
Business records constitute a fundamental source of primary empirical evidence, which illuminate the granular details that collectively form wider regional and national trends. Their rarity has meant that each discovery ...
Here to Stay: Sound Becomes Inevitable in 1928-1930
During the years of transition to sound, no-one had any real idea as to what the lasting impact of the new talking picture would be. Amidst confusion and scepticism amongst film producers and exhibitors alike about the ...
Britain’s Screen Inferiority Complex: Union and Institutional Responses to the Coming of Sound, 1929-35
Sound cinema came to Britain and the rest of Europe during a period of general decline in national film industry. The end of the First World War had seen capital and investment in British filmmaking decrease, bolstered by ...