By Barbara Klinger

because the mid-eighties, extra audiences were staring at Hollywood videos at domestic than at motion picture theaters, but little is understood approximately simply how audience event movie outdoors of the multiplex. this can be the 1st full-length learn of ways modern leisure applied sciences and media—from cable tv and VHS to DVD and the Internet—shape our encounters with the flicks and have an effect on the classy, cultural, and ideological definitions of cinema. Barbara Klinger explores subject matters corresponding to domestic theater, movie amassing, vintage Hollywood motion picture reruns, repeat viewings, and net movie parodies, offering a multifaceted view of the presentation and reception of movies in U.S. families. Balancing background with theoretical and cultural research, she unearths that at the present time cinema's robust social presence can't be totally grasped with no contemplating its prolific recycling in post-theatrical venues—especially the home.

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