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Introduction

Ross Melnick

in American Showman: Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159050
eISBN:
9780231504256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159050.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book analyzes the career of film exhibitor and radio broadcaster, Samuel Lionel “Roxy” Rothafel (1882–1936), between the years 1908 and 1935. It shows how Roxy did not merely project motion ... More


Broadway Melody: Roxy and the Deluxe Theater Movement (1913–1917)

Ross Melnick

in American Showman: Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159050
eISBN:
9780231504256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159050.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses Roxy's career from 1913–1917. Roxy returned to New York in 1913 after his company secured a five-year lease of the Regent Theatre in Harlem. After signing the lease, Roxy ... More


A New Art for a New Art Form: Roxy and the Development of Motion Picture Exhibition (1908–1913)

Ross Melnick

in American Showman: Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159050
eISBN:
9780231504256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159050.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses Roxy's early life and career. Roxy was born on July 9, 1882 in Germany. His family emigrated to the United States in 1886 where they initially settled in the logging town of ... More


“The Man Who Gave the Movies a College Education”: Roxy, Rapee, and Motion Pictures at the Capitol Theatre (1919–1922)

Ross Melnick

in American Showman: Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159050
eISBN:
9780231504256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159050.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses Roxy's career from 1919–1922. In January 1919 Roxy resigned his position as manager of the Rivoli and Rialto, prompted by organizational disputes with the theater owners and ... More


“It’s the Roxy and I’m Roxy”: Building the Brand and the Roxy Theatre (1925–1927)

Ross Melnick

in American Showman: Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159050
eISBN:
9780231504256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159050.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The Capitol Theatre had been the epicenter of the film-radio movement in the early to mid-1920s and a key catalyst for the film industry's use of broadcasting for the promotion of motion pictures, ... More


A Capitol Idea: Roxy and the Birth of Media Convergence (1922–1925)

Ross Melnick

in American Showman: Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159050
eISBN:
9780231504256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159050.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

During the postwar period, film exhibition ushered in larger orchestras, more elaborate stage shows, and a growing acceptance of foreign, documentary, and avant-garde films. It was also a period of ... More


Afterword

Ross Melnick

in American Showman: Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159050
eISBN:
9780231504256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159050.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter first describes events following Roxy's death, including efforts to commemorate him through film. It also presents some final thoughts. The hope here is that this book will inspire a ... More


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