Roll the film…

The lights go down. Ahead, the screen is brightly lit from the projector. A wonderland is about to unfold. This is the realm of the movies, and their homeland, the movie theatre.

So here you are at the Cinema Houston blog, of which this is the first… so a brief introduction, if you will. It is a direct offspring of www.CinemaHouston.net, which in turn is a companion to the book of the same name.

CinHouBook-medIn 2007, CINEMA HOUSTON was published by the University of Texas Press. It had been a long labor of love on my part, having worked on the project since (roughly) 1991.The book is a history of movie theatres in Houston, Texas, from its beginnings on through the current century. The goal was to cover most every movie theatre that operated in the city. Because most of these theatres no longer stand, I wanted to offer some sort of record of their past existence.

Since the book’s release, I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of people who have shared their memories of Houston’s past with me. I have come across more stories. Hence the Cinema Houston Blog.

This adjunct to CinemaHouston.net will offer a chance to air the variety of subjects that don’t seem to have a home elsewhere on CinemaHouston.net. There are portions of the book that never made it into the final edition. This blog serves as a release valve for all the extra material left out as well as new material. But this is also a venue that can tap into other subjects that are indirectly related, but still important. This column is a way to cover a variety of subjects: movie theatres, on a global scale as well as in Houston, local history, historic preservation, also national and local, the cinema, movies, from the silent days (a favorite subject of mine) to the present, and the changing means of entertainment in a world very different from a century ago. I may try to alert you to upcoming events as well.

If you have any thoughts, feel free to drop me a line. I would love to hear from you.

Until next month…

David

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Cinema Houston celebrates a vibrant century of movie theatres and moviegoing in Texas’s largest city. This weblog is a companion to the Book, Cinema Houston: From Nickelodeon to Megaplex (University of Texas Press, 2007), and website, www.CinemaHouston.net.

David Welling is a Houston-based writer, artist, and graphic designer. His lifelong interest in movies (and the places that show them) led to the writing of Cinema Houston, which included fifteen years of research, and its subsequent website.


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