Land of a Thousand Balconies


Film showmen, gimmicks and cult films.

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Land of a Thousand Balconies documents incidents, episodes, character-studies and unusual film happenings, some of which author Jack Stevenson has — over the past fifteen years — been privy to in his capacity as projectionist-for-hire. Elsewhere, Stevenson focuses on movie theatres and renegade exhibition spaces as well as lamenting on the disappearing ‘sense of place’ and atmosphere that is such an integral part of the movie-going experience. Here the reader is invited to tour a diversity of venues — from the notorious old grindhouses of San Francisco, the home-made store-front cinemas of Seattle and New York, through to the underground film clubs of Europe.

  • Subjects covered in the book include:
  • Weird Christmas movies
  • Film gimmicks and 3-D
  • Sid Pink and Reptilicus
  • A tribute to ham acting
  • Guerrilla cinema in San Francisco
  • Underground cinema clubs in Europe
  • Scopitone — the story of cocktail lounge video jukeboxes
  • The evolution of Cult and Camp

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