Early Cinema

Perhaps the earliest single source which tried to bring together information on the film industry is The Kinematograph Year Book, Program Diary and Directory for 1914. The directory gives an overview of the previous year (1913) and contains a wide range of articles and information (see contents list below). Also present are many advertisements, not only for films and film companies but also suppliers and service providers. It also contains a directory of all cinemas in the UK at the time. The BFI National Library holds a full set of The Kinematograph Year Book. Details can be found in the library catalogue. These are available for consulation in the BFI National Library Reading Room. The BFI has recently been involved in restoring - and making available - works from the early days of cinema. These include the work of Mitchell and Kenyon, Friese-Green, and many other early films which are available to view at BFI Mediatheques and on the BFI Films YouTube page. Regular screenings of early cinema take place at BFI Southbank We hope that people who enjoy these moving images will be interested in this publication and we are sure that this downloadable version of the first volume in the series will be of assistance to researchers of early cinema.

The Kinematograph Year Book, Program Diary and Directory 1914 Contents A Retrospect Of The Year Kinematograph Finance in 1913 Survey of the Year's Technical Progress Important Film Subjects of the Year Picture Theatre Music during 1913 The Law and the Kinematograph Interesting Social Functions New Theatres Opened in 1913 New Companies Registered in 1913 Review of Decisions made under the Cinematograph Act 1909 Important Law Cases of the Year Personalities Pictorial Reminiscences extending over 40 years – 1873-1914 Exhibitions during 1913 Trade Associations Useful Tables and Recipes Directory Film Manufacturers and Agents Film Renters Apparatus and Accessory Manufacturers Picture Theatres in Great Britain - London - Provincial Supplementary List of Provincial Picture Theatres Picture Companies and Theatre Proprietors Nb. The contents listed above are bookmarked in this PDF for ease of navigation.