7. Patterns in First-Run and Suburban Filmgoing in Sydney in the Mid-1930s

  1. Richard Maltby2,
  2. Daniel Biltereyst3 and
  3. Philippe Meers4
  1. John Sedgwick

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396416.ch7

Explorations in New Cinema History: Approaches and Case Studies

Explorations in New Cinema History: Approaches and Case Studies

How to Cite

Sedgwick, J. (2011) Patterns in First-Run and Suburban Filmgoing in Sydney in the Mid-1930s, in Explorations in New Cinema History: Approaches and Case Studies (eds R. Maltby, D. Biltereyst and P. Meers), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396416.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Flinders University, South Australia

  2. 3

    Department of Communication Studies, Ghent University, Belgium

  3. 4

    University of Antwerp, Belgium

Author Information

  1. Department of Economics, Finance and International Business, London Metropolitan University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199490

Online ISBN: 9781444396416

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Keywords:

  • patterns in first-run and suburban filmgoing - in Sydney in mid-1930s;
  • materialist framework of capitalist economy - generation of profits, key motivation;
  • exploiting technologies of mass reproduction - transport system, mass distribution possible;
  • contribution that economic reasoning - statistical methods, circulation and consumption of films;
  • data on filmgoing and popularity - two ways of coming to data about filmgoing;
  • secondary source use, establishing practice - in cinema history;
  • first-run market for films in Sydney, 1934 - national cinema chains, Hoyts and Union theatres, dominating exhibition sector;
  • POPSTAT formula, multiplying weight of cinema - film's weekly box-office performance;
  • top 30 films - screened in Sydney's first-run cinemas in 1934;
  • first-run and suburban-run markets, ranking - highest to lowest, POPSTAT Index values

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Data on Filmgoing and Popularity

  • The First-Run Market for Films in Sydney in 1934

  • The Suburban Market for Films in Sydney in 1934

  • Differences Between First-Run and Suburban-Run Markets

  • Conclusion

  • References