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Studios Before the SystemArchitecture, Technology, and the Emergence of Cinematic Space$
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Brian R. Jacobson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172813

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172813.001.0001

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Dark Studios and Daylight Factories

Dark Studios and Daylight Factories

Building Cinema in New York City

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Studios Before the System

Brian R. Jacobson

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines how American film companies in New York used cutting-edge building technologies and materials–including reinforced concrete, prismatic glass, and steel–to compete for the twentieth century’s most advanced film studios. It argues that the history of film’s relationship to the city and to architecture remains incomplete without more precise knowledge of cinema’s place in the construction of the built environment.

Keywords:   Edison, Vitagraph, American Mutoscope and Biograph, New York City, reinforced concrete, modern architecture, studio

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