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Almost, If Not Quite, As Good as the W.E.: On Sound Apparatus, 1929-1930
1929 and 1930 were years of concentrated change within the British film exhibition industry. Sound cinema had quickly established itself as the essential attraction of the time, and cinemas throughout the country swiftly ...
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 Evaluation of Audio in Britain in Early Sound Cinema
The coming of sound was a swift and decisive moment in cinema history. In the space of half a decade, the paradigms for film production and exhibition underwent a sea change largely unparalleled elsewhere in the medium’s ...
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 ...