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Magic Lantern, Panorama and Moving Picture Shows in Ireland, 1786–1909

Magic Lantern, Panorama and Moving Picture Shows in Ireland, 1786–1909

Kevin Rockett and Emer Rockett

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While picture-going or cinema is generally regarded as a twentieth-century activity, this book demonstrates that prior to the opening of Ireland’s first cinemas at the end of the first decade of the twentieth century, there were already huge numbers of people in Ireland, from all classes, regularly enjoying proto-cinematic experiences through such entertainments as magic lantern, or slide projector shows; exhibitions of immersive large-scale, and, at times, moving paintings known as panoramas; and tableaux vivants, or theatrically posed static representations of paintings, statues and events.

Without these cultural forms, many developed by Irish inventors and pioneers, not only would cinema’s moving-pictures have been unimaginable, but so, too, would the physical spaces and locations in which films came to be screened in Ireland.

Opening up a previously unexplored area in the Irish context, this book, together with its companion, Film exhibition and distribution in Ireland, 1909–2010, provides not only the first in-depth account of picture-going in Ireland, but also a fresh context for understanding the development of popular visual culture, including cinema, in the country.

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Author Kevin Rockett and Emer Rockett
Publisher Four Courts Press
Publication date 28 Nov 2011
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781846823152

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