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Cinemas and Cinema-Going in the United Kingdom: Decades of Decline, 1945–65

Citation: Manning, Sam (2020) Cinemas and Cinema-Going in the United Kingdom: Decades of Decline, 1945–65. New Historical Perspectives (2). University of London, London. ISBN 9781912702367

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Cinema-going was the most popular commercial leisure activity in the first half of the twentieth century, peaking in 1946 with 1.6 billion recorded admissions. Though ‘going to the pictures’ remained a popular pastime, the transition to peacetime altered citizens’ leisure habits. During the 1950s increased affluence, the growth of television ownership and the diversification of leisure led to rapid declines in attendance. Cinema attendances fell in all regions, but the speed, nature and extent of decline varied widely across the United Kingdom. By linking national developments to detailed case studies of Belfast and Sheffield, this book adds nuance to our understanding of regional variations in film exhibition, audience habits and cinema-going experiences during a period of profound social and cultural change. Drawing on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative sources, Cinema and Cinema-Going conveys the diverse nature of this important industry, and the significance of place as a determinant of film attendance in post-war Britain.

Creators: Manning, Sam and
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14296/320.9781912702367
Official URL: https://www.sas.ac.uk/publications/cinemas-and-cin...
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Subjects: History
Keywords: cinema, film, Sheffield, Belfast, war, wartime
Divisions: Institute of Historical Research
Collections: Humanities Digital Library
Dates:
  • 31 March 2020 (published)

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