Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 July 2016

288 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719091889

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Cinemas and cinemagoing in wartime Britain, 1939-45

The utility dream palace

Richard Farmer

Published by Manchester University Press

  • The first book-length study of the impact that the Second World War had upon cinemagoers and cinemagoing, on exhibitors and their employees, and on government policies towards the exhibition industry
  • Provides an insightful and wide-ranging examination of an element of wartime experience, and an aspect of British film history, that has previously been neglected
  • Drawing on meticulous archival research and interviews with wartime cinemagoers, the book is a richly detailed social history of a cultural institution that played a central role in wartime life
  • Makes an exciting contribution to debates about the cinema in wartime Britain, looking beyond the period's films in order to analyse the social, cultural and economic significance of the cinema

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