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The double feature, also known as a double bill, was a motion picture industry phenomenon in which theatre managers would exhibit two films for the price of one, supplanting an earlier format in which one feature film and various short subject reels would be shown. For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as...

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Origin and format

Movie theaters, interested in attracting customers during the Great Depression, began changing the way they booked movies. In the 1920s, before the Depression and the advent of sound film, an evening at the cinema would often consist of the following: A typical megaplex (AMC Rolling Hills 20 in Rolling Hills Estates, California). ... The Great Depression was a time of economic down turn, which started after the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. ... 1902 poster advertising Gaumonts sound films, depicting an optimistically vast auditorium A sound film is a motion picture with synchronized sound, or sound technologically coupled to image, as opposed to a silent film. ...

Theater owners decided that they could both attract more customers and save on costs if they offered two movies for the price of one. In the typical 1930s double bill, the screening began with a variety program consisting of trailers, a newsreel, a cartoon and/or a short film preceding a low-budget second feature (the B movie), followed by a short interlude. Afterward, the high-budget main feature (the A movie) ran. Although the double feature put many short comedy producers out of business, it was the primary source of revenue for smaller Hollywood studios, such as Republic and Monogram, that specialized in B movie production. An animated cartoon is a short, hand-drawn (or made with computers to look similar to something hand-drawn) film for the cinema, television or computer screen, featuring some kind of story or plot (even if it is a very short one). ... Early American actor William Garwood starred in numerous short films, many of which were only 20 minutes in length Short subject is a format description originally coined in the North American film industry in the early period of cinema. ... A poster for the 1931 Our Gang comedy Love Business featuring depictions of (from left to right): Pete the Pup, Jackie Cooper, and Norman Chubby Chaney. ... Laurel and Hardy, in a promotional still from their 1937 feature film Way Out West. ... The Three Stooges was an American comedy act in the 20th century. ... The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. ... Travel literature is literature which records the people, events, sights and feelings of an author who is touring a foreign place for the pleasure of travel. ... A newsreel is a documentary film that is regularly released in a public presentation place containing filmed news stories. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... The King of the Bs, Roger Corman, produced and directed The Raven (1963) for American International Pictures. ... Republic Pictures Corporation (aka Republic Entertainment) is an independent film, television, and video distribution company that was originally a movie production-distribution corporation with studio facilities, best known for its specialization in quality B pictures, westerns and movie serials. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Decline of the double feature

The double feature arose partly because of a studio practice known as "block booking," a form of tying in which major Hollywood studios required theaters to buy B-movies along with the more desirable A-movies. The U.S. Supreme Court decided that this practice was illegal in United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc. in 1948. Tying is the anti-competitive practice of requiring de facto or de jure the customer to purchase a certain package of goods together. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is the highest judicial body in the... United States v. ...


By the 1960s, double features had been mostly abandoned in favor of the modern single-feature screening, in which only one feature film is exhibited. Short films still occasionally precede the feature presentation (Pixar films generally feature a short, for example), but the double feature is now effectively extinct in first-run movie theaters in the U.S. It has been suggested that Dinoco be merged into this article or section. ...


Following the success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, three Roger Rabbit cartoon shorts were created to be shown as preludes to other Disney films, in an effort to revive the Double Features. Only three were made and the scheme failed. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film produced by Amblin Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company (on its Touchstone Pictures banner), combining animation and live action. ... Baby Herman (right) and Roger Rabbit, as they appeared in the Roger Rabbit short Tummy Trouble. ...


Many repertory houses continue to show two films, usually related in some way, back to back. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


During the 1990's, many VHS cassettes that showed two films on the same tape (the second was often a sequel to the first film) were self-named as Double features. Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Vertical Helical Scan, better known by its abbreviation VHS (and often confused to be Video Home System) is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by...


Notable Examples

Attack Of The Crab Monsters was a 64-minute, 1957, American, black-and-white, science fiction film, written by Charles B. Griffith (also associate producer, and appearing in a small role) and produced and directed by Roger Corman via Los Altos Productions, on contract for distribution by Allied Artists Pictures... ĉ{{}}{{}}{{}}{{}}ñNot of This Earth refers to: Not of This Earth (Joe Satriani album) Not of This Earth (The Damned album) At least three films by the same title (Search IMDb for Not of This Earth) Not of This Earth (1957 film), directed by Roger Corman This is a disambiguation page... ... Monster from Green Hell was a 1957 B movie shown as a double-feature to the 1957 film, The Brain from Planet Arous. ... Billy the Kid vs. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Grind House is a 2007 film that consists of two segments, of which both are feature-length attractions. ... Grindhouse is a 2007 film expected to be released in the United States on April 6, 2007. ... Grindhouse is a 2007 anthology film: a double feature consisting of two feature-length segments directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino bookended by trailers for coming attractions, advertisements, and in-theatre announcements reminiscent of those typical in U.S. theaters in the 1970s. ...

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The double feature, also known as a double bill, was a motion picture industry phenomenon in which theatre managers would exhibit two films for the price of one, supplanting an earlier format in which one feature film and various short subject reels would be shown.
Although the double feature put many short comedy producers out of business, it was the primary source of revenue for smaller Hollywood studios, such as Republic and Monogram, that specialized in B-movie production.
By the 1960s, double features had been mostly abandoned in favor of the modern single-feature screening, in which only one feature film is exhibited.
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