By Lucy Fischer, Angela Dalle Vacche, Jennifer M. Bean, Sumiko Higashi, Professor Michael Aronson, Professor Mark Anderson, Professor Sara Ross, Professor Gwenda Young, Professor Maureen Turim, Marcia Landy
In ten unique essays, American Cinema of the 1920s examines the movie industry's persevered development and prosperity whereas concentrating on vital subject matters of the era.
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Most Americans would have known about such cinematic grandeur, but this is not where most of them saw their movies. While the populations of all ﬁve of the towns in question here fall easily to the right of the census’s rural/urban divide—ranging in populace from fewer than 3,000 (Bessemer) to almost 20,000 (Monessen) residents—they each offer up a much different kind of encounter with the movies than what was likely in places like Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York. While we cannot assume that Coshocton, Monessen, Van Wert, Bessemer, or Waukesha are truly representative of all American towns, or even those of similar size in the Northeast or Midwest, they offer a more typical range of moviegoing experiences that were available to most Americans in this ﬁrst year of the decade, experiences with movies seen on Main Street rather than Broadway.
Despondent and alone, Adrienne boards a ship bound for Europe, only to ﬁnd the Overmans on a second honeymoon, now happily reunited. ” Although Sex would have its national premiere in the spring, on 11 April, at the Fabian Garden Theatre in Paterson, New Jersey, it would not reach Monessen’s Star Theater until more than six months later, arriving with a new and lengthier title, Sex Crushed to Earth. This oddly prosaic designation 36 MICHAEL ARONSON was a courtesy, or rather a requirement, of the Pennsylvania State Board of Motion Picture Censors.
Loews-owned Metro heavily promoted Nazivoma and her ﬁlm, and in Waukesha, Wisconsin, it was booked to play three straight days at Saxe’s Park Theater. This was the town’s newest theater, built that year, with seating for 400; upon opening it quickly became Waukesha’s most luxurious place for moviegoing. The town of 12,500, a traditional site of regional tourism related to its proximity to mineral springs, already supported three other medium-sized movie theaters, the Unique (seating 350); the Colonial, offering a mix of pictures and vaudeville; and the Auditorium, another 400seater just one block down from the Unique on Main Street.