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Suburban Grindhouse: From Staten Island to Times Square and all the Sleaze Between - Paperback Book

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by Nick Cato

Part memoir, part film criticism, this book looks at the affect New York and New Jersey theatre audiences had on films as much as it is a book about exploitation films.

Book review books may be a dime a dozen, but how many include the actual experience of witnessing the movie in a theater? In Suburban Grindhouse, Nick Cato shares his time growing up in seedy NY and NJ theaters, and how many of these screenings helped to shape an opinion of certain films. Whether one of his beloved local theaters in Staten Island, NY, or at a double feature at the infamous 42nd Street in Times Square during its heyday, audiences were always lively and outspoken.

Most of the films discussed here were seen on their initial theatrical release. Some would be forgotten duds, while others went on to gain cult status. Some are now considered legendary. From 2010-2018, Nick Cato chronicled his favorite experiences at Cinema Knife Fight, a long running website that featured film reviews seven days a week. His column, Suburban Grindhouse Memories, was a favorite, and gained a loyal following. Suburban Grindhouse collects and updates this material, with plenty of bonus material including interviews with directors and stars.