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Movies at the Met? Space and Meaning in Early Film Screenings

Movies at the Met? Space and Meaning in Early Film Screenings e ri N m . broo KS m ovies at the m et? Space and m eaning in e arly Film Screenings in the summer of 1915, audiences streamed through the doors of Chi- cago’s venerable o rchestra Hall, filing under the façade’s frieze inscribed with the names of b ach, m ozart, b eethoven, Schubert, and Wagner. u pon taking their seats, attendees heard performances by twenty-five mem - bers of the Chicago Symphony o rchestra, vocal soloists, and the hall’s celebrated l yon & Healy organ. The o rchestra Hall stage—redecorated as an “italian garden” complete with greenery and fountains—featured a large screen, on which spectators gazed at paramount feature films, trav- elogues, comedies, and Strand Topics of the Day. Advertised as “lending tone to cinema art,” the interspersed film and music events attracted a mixed crowd, from Chicago high society to the city’s middle class, from movie fans to dedicated music lovers. The 1915 o rchestra Hall photoplay season was not an anomaly. in the early twentieth century, opera houses and concert halls often cohab- ited with the emerging film industry. Alongside symphonies, chamber music, or opera, musical spaces hosted screenings of travelogues, edu- cational pictures, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Movies at the Met? Space and Meaning in Early Film Screenings

American Music , Volume 36 (1) – Jun 15, 2018

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Abstract

e ri N m . broo KS m ovies at the m et? Space and m eaning in e arly Film Screenings in the summer of 1915, audiences streamed through the doors of Chi- cago’s venerable o rchestra Hall, filing under the façade’s frieze inscribed with the names of b ach, m ozart, b eethoven, Schubert, and Wagner. u pon taking their seats, attendees heard performances by twenty-five mem - bers of the Chicago Symphony o rchestra, vocal soloists, and the hall’s celebrated l yon & Healy organ. The o rchestra Hall stage—redecorated as an “italian garden” complete with greenery and fountains—featured a large screen, on which spectators gazed at paramount feature films, trav- elogues, comedies, and Strand Topics of the Day. Advertised as “lending tone to cinema art,” the interspersed film and music events attracted a mixed crowd, from Chicago high society to the city’s middle class, from movie fans to dedicated music lovers. The 1915 o rchestra Hall photoplay season was not an anomaly. in the early twentieth century, opera houses and concert halls often cohab- ited with the emerging film industry. Alongside symphonies, chamber music, or opera, musical spaces hosted screenings of travelogues, edu- cational pictures,

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Jun 15, 2018

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