'Afterwards to see a cinema show': The diary of a London cinema-goer in 1915

O'Rourke, Chris (2015) 'Afterwards to see a cinema show': The diary of a London cinema-goer in 1915. Early Popular Visual Culture, 13 (1). pp. 66-82. ISSN 1746-0654


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This article examines the records of cinema-going contained in the unpublished 1915 diary of Archibald Walker, a young, upper-middle-class ‘man about town’ living in wartime London. It considers the role of cinema in the context of Walker’s everyday life, and uses his diary to reconstruct a snapshot of the contemporary entertainment landscape of London’s West End. It then situates cinema in relation to two other West End leisure venues that Walker frequented: the variety theatre and the gentlemen’s club.

Keywords:cinema-going, diaries, London, First World War, variety theatre, gentlemen’s clubs, NotOAChecked
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
L Social studies > L722 Urban Geography
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:07 Sep 2016 14:54

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