Channeling Hollywood: Picture Palace Employees and Celebrity Culture

Janna Jones

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The author examines the relationship between early twentieth-century urban life and the celebrity culture generated by Hollywood through the lens of the daily lives of picture palace employees in Tampa, Florida. Many theater employees appropriated the glamour of Hollywood, and in doing so created distilled celebrity identities. These identities allowed them particular freedoms within the city and enabled movie patrons to brush shoulders with “near” celebrities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-124
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Popular Film and Television
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003


  • Celebrity culture
  • Film exhibition
  • Film reception
  • Hollywood
  • Picture palace
  • Theater employee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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