From 1929 to 1967, moviegoers got some of their news from Universal Newsreels, which played right before they saw the feature film. In addition, there were theaters that were exclusively devoted to showing newsreels. All of the newsreels are now in the public domain, and many are available on this website, as well as at the National Archives and Record Administration. The newsreels can be viewed numerous ways, including "Browse Collection", "Browse Subject/Keywords", or "Browse by Title". Perhaps a more interesting way for a visitor to check out the films on the website are by the "Recently reviewed Items", "This Just In", and "Most Downloaded Items Last Week". Not all of the newsreels were of a serious nature, as there were ones about sports, fashion, and odd events. Visitors get a written description of the scenes of the film, once they've chosen one to view, plus download options. There are also reviews of the film given by recent viewers, some of which invite debate by other reviewers.


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