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Cinemagoing in Portsmouth during the 1930s

Cinema Journal 09/2006; 46(1):52-84. DOI: 10.1353/cj.2007.0005

ABSTRACT Abstract: This paper uses the recently discovered box-office ledger of the first-run cinema the Regent in Portsmouth, U.K.. to test the POPSTAT methodology for measuring film popularity in the general absence of such data. In order to do this a dataset of the film programs of all twenty-one cinemas screening films in the city in 1934 has been constructed from which a clear picture of film distribution and popularity emerges.

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