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By Stephen Barber

Broadway street in downtown l. a. includes a unprecedented number of twelve deserted movie palaces, all equipped among 1910 and 1931. In such a lot towns world wide this type of focus of unique cinema homes could were demolished lengthy ago—but in a urban whose id is inseparable from the movie undefined, the constructions have survived typically intact, a few of their interiors dilapidated and gutted and others remodeled and re-imagined as church buildings and nightclubs. Stephen Barber's deserted photographs takes us within those amazing buildings in an effort to comprehend the start and loss of life of movie as either a medium and a social event.

Due to the increase of electronic filmmaking and straight-to-DVD and on-demand distribution, the movie is almost immediately present process a technique of profound transformation in either how videos are made and the way they're watched. Barber explores what this suggests for the cinematic adventure: Are video clips wasting a few crucial part of their identity...

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Abandoned cinemas provide that location. In their ruination, cinemas must still carry the markings of their previous mission, in order for those two forms of abandonment to operate. The site of the screen must be discernible, even if that screen has now been dismantled, ripped or hidden. The place of the audience should be traceable, though the tiers of seats may have vanished long ago. The projection-box needs to be locatable, even if it is now broken apart, with the projectors and film reels absent.

The final part of the book probes in detail what forms of media may take on film’s powerful, often perverse obsessions in the future. Film’s survival in the digital era is bound to the way in which it enduringly constituted the axis of sensory and ocular experiences, which became so central to human perception, over an extended period, that film may, finally, be able to transmutate into all future media that attempt to seize, beguile and assault the human eye. Especially in an era of digital malfunctions and crashes, the residue of film – its material once held together for projection by splices – may be crucial for the reparatory suturing of memory and vision.

1. Motion picture theaters – California – Los Angeles – History. 2. Motion picture theaters – California – Los Angeles – Remodeling for other use. 3. Motion picture audiences – Attitudes. 4. Motion pictures – Social aspects. I. 2’343’0905-dc22 eISBN: 9781861897206 CONTENTS Introduction PART 1 Film and The End PART 2 Abandoned Images PART 3 Abandoned Eyes PART 4 Film and Film’s End: Resuscitated Images REFERENCES ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS INTRODUCTION The nature and status of film are undergoing a profound transformation, which will undoubtedly lead to the perception of film itself being formulated in new ways, and to films being created or re-imagined with unprecedented aims.

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