Curt Hopkins at ReadWriteWeb reports that BoxOffice, one of the film industry’s long time trade publications, currently provides an archive back 91 years with about 3,000 digitized issues online and more are being added weekly. Access is free.
BoxOffice has been publishing movie news since its beginning in 1920 and continues today. The years 1920-1924, 1927 and 1933-1934 are still being digitized, while the rest are already available, according to the magazine, in a section of the site called The Vault.
“Each week we post five issues from our vast archive which covers everyone from John Barrymore to Drew Barrymore. (Before 1933, Boxoffice was published under different names in various parts of the U.S.).”
The issues are offered as PDFs, except for the latest issues, which are page-by-page images of the print magazine.
Unfortunately, this means the vast collection of issues lack metadata and are unsearchable. Still, it should, even with that limitation, provide a valuable resource to movie historians and journalists, film-makers, business people and plain old movie fans.
Direct to The Vault