In this new book, vintage images culled from private local collections chronicle the development of film and television in Pittsburgh. From the earliest days of cinema, to the first nickelodeon in the United States and now with modern studios, Pittsburgh has had a unique relationship with the film industry. For the first 30 years of the 20th century, Pittsburgh operated as a significant part of the film industry. Unfortunately, the emergence of Hollywood and the evolution of the industry crippled Pittsburgh’s film industry up until the emergence of television and location filmmaking. Pittsburgh Film and Television provides a visual tour through cinematic history and includes comprehensive information on movies, television shows, businesses, schools, casting agencies and organizations that make up Pittsburgh’s film history.
Most readers will recognize popular movies made in the region such as The Silence of the Lambs, Deer Hunter and The Dark Knight Rises, but author John Tiech hopes that the book will shed light on Pittsburgh’s lesser-known cinematic history. He states, “Even though most of Pittsburgh’s film history is only 30 years old, a rich history still exists prior to 1970.” He hopes that Images of America: Pittsburgh Film and Television “can help expose not only the modern history, but also the history from the silent and golden era of film.”
Highlights of Pittsburgh Film and Television include:
•Many film locations spread across the Pittsburgh region.
•Rare set photos that show some of Hollywood’s greats.
•Identifies three versions of “film row” in Pittsburgh between 1905 and 1930.
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