Arthur Knight
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Williamsburg Theatre Project

The WTP aims to create a portrait of movie-going-and cultural life more generally-in the "Colonial Capitol," Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, starting in about 1900 and running to the present. Many of us envision Williamsburg as a place lodged in the late eighteenth century, but of course, beside being a museum (founded in 1926), Williamsburg has always--or at least since Thomas Jefferson moved the Virginia's capitol to Richmond in 1780--been a fully functioning, ordinary, mid-sized, mid-Atlantic town. As such, it has had a fully modern, twentieth- (and now twenty-first-) century cultural scene, and that has included a lively movie-going scene.  

The Williamsburg Theater Project (WTP) is currently on hiatus.  But it's digital repository still works (though it's getting creaky).  

It also helped give rise to the HoMER Project, and informed three of my articles: "1959: Movies and the Racial Divide," which uses Williamsburg and Chicago as case studies to examine segregation in film exhibition and analyze how that social circumstance effected audiences' interpretations of specific movies; "Searching for the Apollo: Black movieing and Its Contexts in the Small-Town U.S. South," which uses Williamsburg as a case study for a larger examination of Black moviegoing outside cities in the pre-Civil Rights era; and "Porn Goes to College: American Universities, Their Students, and Pornography, 1968-1973" (co-written with Kevin Flanagan, who was an undergraduate student when we did our research [he is now Dr. Flanagan, PhD]), which compares controversial events in Williamsburg and South Bend, Indiana during a period of intense debates about pornography.