Paperback

ISBN
978-1-912702-35-0
Dimensions
156 × 234
Number of Pages
250
Price
25.00
Price EUR
29.99
Price USD
35.00
Publication Published Date
Institute
Institute of Historical Research

Hardback

ISBN
978-1-912702-34-3
Dimensions
245 × 163
Number of Pages
250
Price
40.00
Price EUR
46.99
Price USD
55.00
Publication Published Date
Institute
Institute of Historical Research

EPUB

ISBN
978-1-912702-38-1
Number of Pages
250
Price
5.00
Price EUR
5.99
Price USD
5.00
Publication Published Date
Institute
Institute of Historical Research

PDF

ISBN
978-1-912702-36-7
Number of Pages
250
Price
0.00
Price EUR
0.00
Price USD
0.00
Publication Published Date
Institute
Institute of Historical Research
Publication URL
Link to publication URL

Description

Cinema-going was the most popular commercial leisure activity in the first half of the twentieth century, peaking in 1946 with 1.6 billion recorded admissions. Though ‘going to the pictures’ remained a popular pastime, the transition to peacetime altered citizens’ leisure habits. During the 1950s increased affluence, the growth of television ownership and the diversification of leisure led to rapid declines in attendance. Cinema attendances fell in all regions, but the speed, nature and extent of decline varied widely across the United Kingdom.

By linking national developments to detailed case studies of Belfast and Sheffield, this book adds nuance to our understanding of regional variations in film exhibition, audience habits and cinema-going experiences during a period of profound social and cultural change. Drawing on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative sources, Cinema and Cinema-Going conveys the diverse nature of this important industry, and the significance of place as a determinant of film attendance in post-war Britain.

Dr Sam Manning teaches at Queen’s University Belfast and is a postdoctoral researcher on the AHRC European Cinema Audiences project at Oxford Brookes University. He has recently published articles on the history of cinemas in Northern Ireland in Cultural and Social History and Media History.



Table of contents

Introduction 
1. Cinema-going experiences 
2. The decline of cinema-going 
3. Cinema-going and the built environment 
4. Cinema exhibition, programming and audience preferences in Belfast 
5. Film exhibition in post-war Sheffield 
Conclusion 

Reviews

A significant addition to the cultural and social history of the United Kingdom. This well-documented study is an addition to the history of British cinema and post-World War II leisure culture... This book is an important read for students and historians of cultural and social history.