Further Reading


Hometown Show aims to contribute to a growing trend in film scholarship that deepens our understanding of early film exhibition and moviegoing in small towns and rural areas in the United States. This project is inspired by two other, far more ambitious digital projects: Going to the Show, which documents the history of movie theaters in North Carolina, and "Mapping the Motor City's Cinemas", about Detroit. Hometown Show is just a tiny portion of a much larger story of movie theaters, moviegoing, distribution, and filmmaking in Oregon. Much more research is waiting to be done.

Here are some additional sources on Oregon film history and small-town moviegoing before 1920.

Allen, Robert C. “Motion Picture Exhibition in Manhattan 1906-1912: Beyond the Nickelodeon.” Cinema Journal 18.2 (1979): 2-15.

Battistella, Edwin. “Oregon and the Film Industry.” Oregon Encyclopedia. Portland State University, 2008-2014. Web. 11 Mar. 2014.

Erickson, Mary. “’In the Interest of the Moral Life of Our City.’: The Beginning of Motion Picture Censorship in Portland, Oregon.” Film History 22:2 (2010): 148-169.

Fuller, Kathryn H. At the Picture Show: Small-town Audiences and the Creation of Movie Fan Culture. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996.

Fuller-Seeley, Kathryn H., ed. Hollywood in the Neighborhood: Historical Case Studies of Local Moviegoing. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.

Labosier, James. “From the Kinetoscope to the Nickelodeon: Motion Picture Presentation and Production in Portland, Oregon from 1894-1906.” Film History 16 (2004): 286-323.

Musser, Charles, and Carol Nelson. High-class Moving Pictures: Lyman H. Howe and the Forgotten Era of Traveling Exhibition, 1880-1920. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1991.

Peterson, Jennifer Lynn. Education in the School of Dreams. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013.

Sargent, Epes Winthrop. Picture Theatre Advertising. New York: Moving Picture World, Chalmers Publishing Company, 1915. Internet Archive. https://archive.org/details/picturetheatread00sarg

Singer, Ben. “Manhattan Nickelodeons: New Data on Audiences and Exhibitors.” Cinema Journal 34.3 (1995): 5-35.

Uricchio, William, and Roberta E. Pearson. “Constructing the Audience: Competing Discourses of Morality and Rationalization During the Nickelodeon Period.” Iris 17 (1994): 43-54.

Waller, Greg, ed. Moviegoing in America: A Sourcebook in the History of Film Exhibition. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2002.