Suggestions for a Model Ordinance for Regulating Motion Picture Theatres
New York City, National Board of Censorship, ND (c. 1913). 1st printing. Wraps. pp. 15.8vo,,,This board was founded in 1909 in New York City, barely more than a decade after the development of the commercial cinema. Marcus Loew and other film distributers (including Edison) joined with John Collier of the People's Institute to endorse films of merit and champion the new 'art of the people'. In 1916, the board changed its name to 'The National Board of Review'; hence this undated pamphlet, which carries the old name of the board, was apparently published prior to that year (WorldCat suggests a publishing year of 1913, and lists only three copies, worldwide, in institutional holdings). It is a stapled pamphlet, in printed card covers, containing suggestions covering all aspects of the showing of motion pictures, including the design and construction of 'picture theatres', seating capacity, width of aisles, chairs, projection booths, heating and ventilation, and the attendance of children. A special section is devoted to the topic 'Moral Control of the Program'. The card covers are a bit 'thumbed' at the corners with almost indiscernable soiling and creasing. Contents unmarked. A very good copy of an important document of American cinema history. .
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Keywords: Movies;Censorship;Freedom of speech;;;;;;