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Comparison of 1914 Film Listings in Newspapers in Three Cities: Vancouver, Seattle, Winnipeg McIlroy, Brian; Lester, Peter; Tabbarraee, Ba; Inouye, Shaun; Clerici, Nathen; Ferguson, Joshua; Evans, Christine; Burgess, Diane


This SSHRC funded project (Council Grant number 430-2011-006) set out as its goal to advance our knowledge of the character of film exhibition in the early part of the 20th century in Vancouver, with a specific focus on 1914 as a case study. Dr. Peter Lester researched the majority of the theatre data. Graduate Students Babak Tabbarraee, Shaun Inouye, Nathen Clerici, Joshua Ferguson, and Dr. Christine Evans, and Dr. Diane Burgess have contributed to these data and contextual matters. The following dataset is the second of three surrounding 1914 exhibition history in Vancouver. The first dataset in the "Screens in Vancouver: Cinemagoing and the City in 1914" collection in cIRcle is a record of film listings for Vancouver by cinema and newspaper for each month of 1914. The first dataset was then compared with the main newspapers in Seattle and Winnipeg to see what overlap in films there was, and whether empirically proven statements could be made about the distribution of films in 1914. The main conclusion is that very few films overlapped, and thus the cinematic experience in 1914 was largely unique to each city. The following dataset is a record of the comparison across Vancouver, Seattle and Winnipeg. A legend for abbreviated cinema names in the three cities is also included. A third and final dataset to be released in 2014 compares film listings in Toronto and Montreal.

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