The Introduction outlines the rationale for the book: the relative dearth of studies of the sonic environment of British cinemas in the period before the development of synchronized sound. It highlights the key factors that affected the production of this particular cultural, economic, institutional environment, and its difference from that of the United States, for example. It offers a brief summary of each of the collection’s chapters, and present a useful introduction to the resources available to the researcher at this time.
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