Six part Lecture series on Popular Entertainment During the Gilded Age. View Nickelodeon City live tomorrow at 3PM EST or thereafter in on-line archive of presentations. Several others may be of interest.
Nickelodeon City: The Origins of the Movie Industry with professor Michael Aronson
3:00 p.m. February 28, 2010
From grimy storefronts to plush auditoriums the first movie theatres and audiences were as diverse as burgeoning America. Unlike vaudeville acts, nickelodeon¹s frequent showings allowed people to stop in anytime. By 1908 there were approximately 8,000 nickelodeons in the U.S. and film studios popped up everywhere. The heyday of nickelodeons lasted less than 10 years. The age of paying just a nickel for a movie ended, but the emerging movie industry forever captivated audiences.