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Streaming video

Title Palace of Silents
Published Flicker Alley, 2010
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (77 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Summary On Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles there is a 150-seat movie theater that for over sixty-eight years has doggedly dedicated itself to the exhibition of silent films. Built in 1942 by maverick film preservationist and collector John Hampton, the theater championed silent film at the very moment when the Hollywood studios across town were busily destroying their nitrate inventories. With hard chairs, phonograph-record accompaniments, and mostly original vintage prints, the dingy mom-and-pop operation was nonetheless a palace to the fanatical few who became its loyal audience. Through the theater's tumultuous years of operation, its owners and employees have struggled to keep a cherished art form alive, often paying a heavy price in the personal tragedies that have stemmed from this struggle: obscurity, financial ruin, and even murder...Through interviews, archival footage and detailed research, Palace of Silents reveals the touching, twisted, and bloody history of one independent theater's successful attempt to stubbornly buck every cinematic trend in the hometown of American cinema
Analysis North American Studies
Notes Title from title frames
In Process Record
Event Originally produced by Flicker Alley in 2010
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
In English
Subject Documentary-style films.
Motion pictures.
Genre/Form Film Studies
Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Flicker Alley (Firm), distributor
Kanopy (Firm), distributor