Introduction to Part II

Barry Langford

in Post-Classical Hollywood

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638574
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671076 | DOI:
Introduction to Part II

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By the second half of the 1960s, as measured from movies shown in downtown Columbus, Ohio, decline was harder and harder to disguise. The old downtown theatre district had started to fall into decay; while on Labour Day, 1965, the modish comedy What's New Pussycat? and the Cinerama Western The Hallelujah Trail, both United Artists releases, continued long runs at the Ohio and Grand, respectively, the closure of the Broad in March 1961 had reduced the old picture palaces to just three. In early 1969 both the Ohio and the Grand would fall dark, leaving only the Palace open for business for the holiday weekend in 1970. The Palace's programme at the start of September 1970 also testified to changes in the social and demographic constituency of movies and of downtown Columbus alike. The ‘art theatres’ of the mid-1950s had bifurcated into recognisable art house screens on the one hand, and the new phenomenon of ‘adults only’ theatres on the other. Columbus was the chosen location of Warner Communications's first experiment in interactive television.

Keywords: Columbus; Ohio; movies; art theatres; art house screens; interactive television; adults only theatres; Warner Communications

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Subjects: Film

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