I’m searching for any and all newspaper ads pertaining to filmhouses in NYC from March to October of 1984.
Does anyone have any of these? Is there a way to access these online?
Thanks to all!
I would search the Public Library for back-issues of each local newspaper on microfilm. The central branches of the New York, Queens or Brooklyn Public Libraries should have comprehensive archives for each of these publications (the NY Times, Post, Daily News and Newsday). I believe you’d have to visit the actual building to peruse the archives, as I don’t think they’ve been made available online – although, you can start on the web to identify which branches would have the material you are seeking. This assumes you live or work in the area, MO… If not, there’s still a decent chance that your local library might carry back-isses of the NY Times in their archives. Cue Magazine (which merged into New York Magazine sometime in the ‘80’s) featured excellent city-wide movie listings, but probably wouldn’t help you much in terms of actual ads. Ditto Variety, which featured weekly grosses for most of the theaters in Manhattan (and other major markets).
Actually, the NYC libraries have back issues of “The New York Times” on line. It is the full publication with the displays ads. For some reason, you can only access this by using one of the library’s on-line computers. They don’t let you acess this database remotely.
I have a pesonal subscription through Proquest that gives me access to all New York Times from the late 1800’s to about two years ago but I pay over $6000 yearly for it. You can do this but it costs quite a bit as you can see. The pages are trademarked but I can access a specific request if you want me to.