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Ideal Sound Cinemagazine

1931 - 1932
Cinemagazine - Entertainment
Ideal embraced sound production in August 1931, producing the weekly Ideal Sound Cinemagazine with Sound on Film technology, provided by Peerless Pictures Ltd. In July of that year, they boasted that it was already booked in 550 theatres according to the Bioscope on 15 July 1931, p.6-7. It was also around this time that Ideal began to advertise that Andrew Buchanan edited the series (although he had, in fact, been editor from the beginning). In 1932, Buchanan moved production to Gainsborough Studios, presumably to facilitate sound recording to a greater degree. At this point they also changed their slogan to ‘Cinemagazine - the "Punch" of the Screen’ - like other cinemagazines, drawing a direct comparison with print media. The last issue that we have record of is BATH OF A NATION no. 297, released on 9 May 1932.
Full history
This database is an attempt to reconstruct the output of Ideal Cinemagazine from details published in contemporary trade journals, particularly the KinematographWeekly and The Bioscope.
Other Information
See also Ideal Cinemagazine.

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