Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Filmkultur och nöjesliv i Örebro 1897-1908
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Cinema Studies.
2007 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Movies and Entertainment in Örebro 1897-1908 (English)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation is a historical study of film exhibition in the context of emerging popular entertainment in Örebro, a medium-sized town in Sweden, 1897 to 1908. It argues that since 80% of the population resided in towns and rural areas around 1900, studying the impact of film culture in a town setting is essential for an understanding of early film culture in Sweden. The local press is used as primary source of marketing schemes, venues and programming policies as well as of cultural debate and conflict.

Across Europe, theatres and fairgrounds were the preferred venues of traveling exhibitors of film shows. In Örebro, however, film exhibition preferably took place in the ‘respectable’ halls of voluntary organizations. Of special importance to local film culture were two working class societies: the liberal Arbetareföreningen (AF) and the labor-based Arbetarekommun (AK) ― albeit in different ways. AF, which embraced reformist ideals, owned the most popular venue for film exhibition and transformed their hall into a movie theater in 1907. AK encouraged the working class population to spend leisure time (and money) on popular forms of cheap entertainment by opening an amusement park in town and by frequently organizing bazaars, funfairs and variety shows. Socio-cultural conflict was concentrated to the fairground around the turn of the century and later turned to AK’s bazaars and funfairs. The emerging film culture influenced opinion in the big cities of Sweden, yet in Örebro it only received sporadic public attention.

In stark contrast to the situation in the big cities, the transformation of itinerant film exhibition to permanent forms was a gradual and relatively inconspicuous process in Örebro that took place in the shadow of AK’s more obtrusive culture of cheap amusements. Three movie theatres opened in 1907 and were accepted by the town’s public with relative ease.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2007. , 204 p.
Stockholm cinema studies, ISSN 1653-4859 ; 1653-4859
Keyword [sv]
Filmhistoria, Sverige, Örebro, sekelskiftet, 1900, 1900-talet, nöjesliv, biografer, resande filmvisare
National Category
Studies on Film
Research subject
Cinema Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6693ISBN: 978-91-85445-56-1OAI: diva2:196881
Public defence
2007-03-31, föreläsningssalen, Filmhuset, Borgvägen 5, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2007-03-09 Created: 2007-03-09 Last updated: 2012-02-21Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(3018 kB)3254 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 3018 kBChecksum MD5
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Köp bok
By organisation
Department of Cinema Studies
Studies on Film

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 3254 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 1866 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link