Canadian Independent

The Canadian Independent

Editor: Stella Falk (1936-40)

The Canadian Independent (1936-40) was created to serve as a mouthpiece for the Independent Theatres Association, an alliance of theatre owners in Canada. It emerged in response to the industry's anti-competitive dynamics, aiming to provide a platform free from Hollywood distributors' influence and the monopolistic practices of the Famous Players Canadian Corporation. Edited by Stella Falk, the trade paper positioned itself as a champion for the interests of independent exhibitors, distinguishing its mission and editorial stance from other publications, notably the Canadian Moving Picture Digest (1917-57) edited by Ray Lewis. According to Falk, Lewis had become too much of an insider and was no longer interested in “fighting” for the independent exhibitor. This would lead to an eventual editorial dispute and libel lawsuit, which eventually resulted in a reorganization and rebranding under a new title of The Canadian Motion Picture Exhibitor (1940-41).

– Jessica Whitehead, March 2024

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The Canadian Independent

Editor: Stella Falk (1936-40)

The Canadian Independent (1936-40) was created to serve as a mouthpiece for the Independent Theatres Association, an alliance of theatre owners in Canada. It emerged in response to the industry's anti-competitive dynamics, aiming to provide a platform free from Hollywood distributors' influence and the monopolistic practices of the Famous Players Canadian Corporation. Edited by Stella Falk, the trade paper positioned itself as a champion for the interests of independent exhibitors, distinguishing its mission and editorial stance from other publications, notably the Canadian Moving Picture Digest (1917-57) edited by Ray Lewis. According to Falk, Lewis had become too much of an insider and was no longer interested in “fighting” for the independent exhibitor. This would lead to an eventual editorial dispute and libel lawsuit, which eventually resulted in a reorganization and rebranding under a new title of The Canadian Motion Picture Exhibitor (1940-41).

– Jessica Whitehead, March 2024

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Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationOct 15, 1936Search on LanternClick here to read
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Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationDec 15, 1937Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationJan 1, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationJan 15, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationFeb 1, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationFeb 15, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read

Title Creator Date
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationOct 15, 1936Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationNov 1, 1936Search on LanternClick here to read

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Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationNov 15, 1937Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationDec 1, 1937Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationDec 15, 1937Search on LanternClick here to read

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Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationJan 1, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationJan 15, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationFeb 1, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationFeb 15, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read

Title Creator Date
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationOct 15, 1936Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationNov 1, 1936Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationNov 15, 1937Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationDec 1, 1937Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationDec 15, 1937Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationJan 1, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationJan 15, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationFeb 1, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationFeb 15, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
Title Creator Date
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationOct 15, 1936Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationNov 1, 1936Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationNov 15, 1937Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationDec 1, 1937Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationDec 15, 1937Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationJan 1, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationJan 15, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationFeb 1, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
Canadian IndependentIndependent Theatres AssociationFeb 15, 1938Search on LanternClick here to read
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