My research investigates the relationship between the local agents involved in film exhibition and the vertically integrated transnational networks that allegedly monopolized the Canadian film market starting in the late silent era. I seek to, firstly, establish the site of the ownership and control of the main theatre chains operating in Canada (and more particularly in what used to be the country’s metropolis, Montreal) and, secondly, to document, describe and analyze the programming strategies devised over the years by these chains. I am more particularly interested in the booking of French-language films and persistent use of live acts and by Montreal theatres.

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