United Kingdom

Silent film journals available online.

  • The Cinema News and Property Gazette
    Years: 1912-1925
    Number: all 1912, Aug 1923, Jul and Oct 1924, Jan-Feb, May-Jun, Aug, Nov 1925
    Description: Film trade journal
    Available from: Media History Digital Library
    Format: PDF, Kindle, TXT
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  • The Era
    Years: 1838-1900
    Number: Weekly issues to the end of 1900
    Description: Theatre trade journal which reported regularly on film exhibition from 1896 onwards
    Available from: British Newspapers (subscription service only)
    Format: JPEG
    More information: Bioscope guide
  • Illustrated Films Monthly
    Years: 1913-1914
    Number: Sep 1913-Feb 1914, Mar-Aug 1914
    Description: Film fan journal
    Available from: Media History Digital Library
    Format: PDF, Kindle, TXT
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  • Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly
    Years: 1890s (when journal was Optical Magic Lantern Journal), early 1915, 1943-mid-1954, 1955-1971
    Number: This is an index to the journal only, and does not include the text of articles
    Description: One of the two leading British film trade journals of the silent era
    Available from: The British Cinema History Research Project
    Format: Filemaker database
    More information: BCHRP website
  • Optical Lantern and Cinematograph Journal
    Years: November 1904-October 1905
    Number: Single volume
    Description: British film and magic lantern trade journal
    Available from: Internet Archive
    Format: PDF, DjVU, TXT
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  • Picturegoer
    Years: 1915-1925
    Number: Incomplete monthly editions 1915, 1916, complete 1921-1925
    Description: British film fan magazine
    Available from: Media History Digital Library. Front cover images 1910s-1960s available from Picturegoer Online which links to sales of original copies. Searchable only by name of actor
    Format: PDF, Kindle, TXT
    More information: Wikipedia
  • The Stage
    Years: 1880-2007
    Number: over 6,500 issues
    Description: Theatre trade journal with substantial film coverage, particularly for the silent era
    Available from: The Stage (subscription service only, but note that annual volumes are available for free for 1908-1919 from the Internet Archive)
    Format: ActivePaper
    More information: Bioscope guide