Early Cinema and Oklahoma

Gary Rhodes

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This article provides the first history of early cinema in the territory and (from 1907) US state of Oklahoma. It covers the origins and proliferation of fiction and nonfiction filmmaking, paying particular attention to the various films produced at the 101 Ranch and the Pawnee Bill Ranch. It also covers the beginnings of newsreel footage in the state. The article also delves into the issues of film exhibition in Oklahoma, ranging from the earliest film screenings to the nickelodeon era, and also provides a history of efforts towards censorship in the pre-1915 era.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-429
Number of pages41
JournalChronicles of Oklahoma
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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