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Early Cinema in Scotland

John Caughie, Trevor Griffiths, and María A. Vélez-Serna


This collection of essays, drawn from a three-year AHRC research project, provides a detailed context for the history of early cinema in Scotland from its inception in 1896 till the arrival of sound in the early 1930s. It details the movement from travelling fairground shows to the establishment of permanent cinemas, and from variety and live entertainment to the dominance of the feature film. It addresses the promotion of cinema as a socially ‘useful’ entertainment, and, distinctively, it considers the early development of cinema in small towns as well as in larger cities. Using local newspap ... More

Keywords: Early cinema, New Cinema History, Fairground, Exhibition, Cinema staff, Cinema in small towns, Film production, Regulation, ‘Scotch’ films, Local topicals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474420341
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420341.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Caughie, editor
University of Glasgow

Trevor Griffiths, editor
University of Edinburgh

María A. Vélez-Serna, editor
University of Stirling