|dc.description.abstract||This thesis is a historical analysis of Auburn’s motion picture history from 1894-
1928. Auburn’s motion picture history is unique because it does not follow traditional
film histories. In 1905, Auburn residents and API students watch their first moving
picture. However, motion pictures did not have a permanent venue in Auburn until 1912.
Auburn’s motion picture history adds to the body of knowledge regarding motion picture
exhibition because instead of a traditional movie theater, movies were watched in
Langdon Hall on the API campus. In addition, student organizations sponsored the
picture show. Using Robert Allen and Douglas Gomery’s model of analyzing film
histories through economical, social, technological, and aesthetic aspects, this research
examines newspapers and personal archives to uncover Auburn’s motion picture history.
The thesis concludes that Auburn’s motion picture history makes significant
contributions to motion picture history. Auburn did not experience the nickelodeon or
picture palace phases of motion picture exhibition. In addition, Auburn’s motion picture
history provides insight about the treatment of African Americans and the racist culture
in Auburn at the time. Furthermore, although motion pictures started as a fad in this
small rural town, students easily adapted motion pictures into their extracurricular