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"Cinemas and cinemagoing in wartime Britain, 1939-45": The utility dream palace

Richard Farmer


The utility dream palace is a cultural history of cinemagoing and the cinema exhibition industry in Britain during the Second World War, a period of massive audiences in which vast swathes of the British population went to the pictures on a regular basis. Yet for all that wartime films have received a great deal of academic attention, and have been discussed in terms of the escapist pleasures they offered, the experiential pleasures offered by the cinemas in which such films were watched were inextricably connected to the places and times in which they operated. British cinemas – and the peopl ... More

Keywords: Cinemagoing, Audiences, Experientialism, War, Exhibition industry, Blackout, Blitz, Staffing, Escapism, Showmanship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719091889
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091889.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Farmer, author
University of East Anglia