A Theater Near You


Program Description:

When did movies first arrive in New Hampshire? Where did they play? Who presented them? Who saw them? When and where were the state’s first movie theaters constructed? How did a transient new medium run by traveling showmen become one of the most popular and enduring pastimes of the 20th century? This program explores these questions and more as Jeffrey Klenotic presents examples from his ongoing research, which aims to produce a digital archive and interactive map charting every venue where movies played in the Granite State from the medium’s origins in 1896 to the rise of television in the 1940s. Those attending will be welcome to share their own knowledge of local movie venues and their own memories of “going to the movies.”


Jeff Klenotic

Jeffrey Klenotic is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts at the University of New Hampshire. He is a past winner of his College’s Teaching Excellence Award and is passionate about working with students and the public to promote the study of media, culture and society. He has also won two UNH Faculty Scholars Awards for his pioneering digital humanities project, Mapping Movies, which uses Geographic Information System technology to create interactive, web-based maps that allow users to explore the connections between cinema, everyday life and social history. A founding member of the International Cinema Audiences Research Group (ICARG) and the History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception (HoMER) project, he has given invited lectures and research presentations to students and scholars in many countries around the world. His essays on cinema history have been published in journals such as Senses of Cinema, Film History, Communication Review and The Velvet Light Trap, as well as in numerous books and encyclopedias.

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