Grahamstown film and heritage as reflected by His Majesty's building

Still-Drewett, F. (2006) Grahamstown film and heritage as reflected by His Majesty's building. In: Culture, Memory and Trauma: Third National Oral History Conference, 7-10 November 2006, Richards Bay, South Africa. (Unpublished)

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Grahamstown Film and Heritage as reflected by His Majesty's Building. The building of His Majesty's theatre has had and continues to have an influential and varied history in the town of Grahamstown. The heritage of the building is linked both to its historical purpose and role in the community, and with the imposing architectural features and central locality. In this oral history project HMT became a vehicle for researching broader issues. The following issues arose: the effects of apartheid policy in entertainment areas; the arrival of national franchises and resultant tensions of preservation of building and cultural heritage versus economic development; the impact of new media such as TV and Video on the cinema theatre; and the community Fruit & Veg 'Colour' dispute. Four key informants were selected and 5 oral history interviews conducted in May 2006. The history of the theatre, film and entertainment memoirs, social comment, and a life history were recorded.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:The oral history project pertaining to this paper is housed at the Cory Library, Rhodes University. See also Oral History Association of South Africa:
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cinema Theatres; South Africa; Architectural Heritage; Apartheid; Apartheid policy; National Franchises; Building Aesthetics; Movie Houses; Oral history; Entertainment; Community Dispute; Community Resolution; Grahamstown
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Support Units > Library
ID Code:1235
Deposited By: Ms Fiona Still
Deposited On:03 Nov 2008
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