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Leo Enticknap <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 23 Jun 2000 03:49:13 +0100
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Paul Fryer asks:

>> Can anyone identify the source of the term
>> "crossover" when applied to the
>> activities of an artist moving from one genre to
>> another ?  Or, early uses
>> of the term ?

I don't know whether this is an early use of the word or not, but in the
cinema industry, the term 'crossover' refers to the practice of a van
driver collecting a film print from a cinema late at night on a Thursday,
and then taking it (often several hundred miles) to another cinema ready
for its first show the following day (the cinema week runs from Friday to
Thursday).  This tends to happen more frequently with arthouse and
re-release titles, where a smaller number of prints are made which play for
short runs at a large number of cinemas.  If you know that a film is coming
to your local venue 'on crossover', I wouldn't recommend booking dress
circle seats for the first show on its opening date, because the chances
are that it won't get there on time!

Leo Enticknap
Technical Manager
City Screen Cinemas (York) Ltd..
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United Kingdom
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