North Woods Dramas: The Forgotten Genre​

Before the 1920s, many movies were set in the north woods, the Northwest, and beyond the trees to the Arctic. These popular snow pictures were adventures set in a hearty north land and are now largely forgotten in favor of Westerns. This online exhibit was created in connection with Northeast Historic Film’s silent film festival, North Woods Dramas, in 2002. For more on the festival, see Moving Image Review, Summer 2002. Clara Bow in Mantrap (1926) was a highlight.

Selections from the Q. David Bowers Postcard Collection amplify the cinema history experience. This collection contains over 5,000 images of theaters from all 50 states. About 75 Bowers postcards are on display in the lobby of the Alamo Theatre.

A 40-foot mural in the Alamo Theatre auditorium depicts the evolution of buildings where movies were shown, from seaside casinos to a mall multiplex. Here is some background on the mural.

We tour schools, shopping malls, agricultural fairs, and other public spaces. Each Fall we exhibit for a week in the Farm Museum at the Fryeburg Fair in Fryeburg, Maine. Come by and see us. Read more about the Fryeburg Fair.