Beyond the Decline: Revaluing Montreal's Movie Palaces

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Title
Beyond the Decline: Revaluing Montreal's Movie Palaces
Abstract
The author points out that while scholars and historians have done much to illuminate the movie palace's early twentieth-century history, most have neglected the latter phase in this structure's development: its revaluation, sparked by a period of decline, from the 1950s to 2015. In Montreal, she points out, theatres persisted by shape shifting and performing new roles, becoming specialized venues for alternative subcultures and niche markets. Undertaking case studies of Montreal's Rialto and Seville theatres, she reveals how and why the movie palace has continued to hold sway over cultural, social, economic and architectural matters in the city. As social actors in Montreal have, in different ways, laid claims to the fate of local theatres, these structures have become sites of contested meaning, caught at the centre of discord, debate and controversy. The author argues that efforts to resolve the tensions emerging at the site of the movie palace have encouraged an ongoing engagement with this historic artifact. As such, she believes, the movie palace's competing values have been productive, ensuring that this old object retain modern significance in an ever-shifting urban landscape.
Type
PhD dissertation
University
McGill University
Place
Montreal
Date
2016
Language
en
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Citation
Gibb, Alexandra. “Beyond the Decline: Revaluing Montreal’s Movie Palaces.” PhD dissertation, McGill University, 2016. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/QMM/TC-QMM-138935.pdf.
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