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Film and Cinema Books by David Cleveland

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How Films Were Made & Shown

Due to inquires for this out of print technical history of Motion Picture Film

a limited number of digital reprints with a soft cover have been produced.


Containing 450 pages with 622 b/w and 360 colour illustrations

this book was first produced in 2015. 


These new copies are available at £50 for UK customers and £65 for overseas customers

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Let’s Go To The Pictures 

This book describes the early days of the technology of film to the coming of sound, and looks briefly at the history of cinemas from 1910 to the 1960s in the Dovercourt and Harwich area, plus those at Colchester, Manningtree and Wivenhoe.

illustrated with 72 black and white photographs, many of which have not been seen before.

ISBN 978-1-9995947-0-1

 £6.50 inc UK P&P 

Southwold Electric Picture Palaces

Starting with the origins of the Southwold Electric Picture Palace 

in York Road in 1912, the book traces the fortunes 

of this cinema until its closure in1963. 


Technical equipment, other uses the hall was put to, expansion, 

the coming of sound, wartime, and events leading up 

to closure in 1963 are all recorded. 


The book also looks at the Gaumont Chrono film projector first used in the cinema, and its final resting place on display in Southwold Museum.


John Bennett tells of the present Electric Picture Palace in 

Blackmill Road, Southwold opened by Michael Palin in 2002. 

The 37 pages are illustrated with 35 black and white pictures 

plus four pictures in colour on the covers.


ISBN 978-1-9993672-0-6 


 £5.50 inc UK P&P

Films Were Made Volume 1 – The Region at Work

This book looks at non-fiction films collected and held by the East Anglian Film Archive at the University of East Anglia. It begins with a description of the various sizes and technicalities of motion picture from 8mm to the cinema industry size 35mm. Following chapters described films made about Industry; Farming; The Coast; Wartime, Transport, and the coming of regional television in 1959 and the impact that had on the recording of life and work in the East of England.

286 page book is copiously illustrated with 394 black and white pictures and 28 in colour. ISBN 978-0-9558271-2-9

 £15 inc UK P&P 

Films Were Made Volume 2 – Local History

This continues describing in detail the non-fiction films held in the East Anglian Film Archive at the University of East Anglia which reflect changing life in the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk from the 1900s to the end of the 20th century.

352 pages, 500 black and white illustrations, plus 18 in colour. ISBN 978-0-9558271-3-6


£15 inc UK P&P 

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