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Access a wealth of information about the film industry with free online film magazines. From industry news and reviews to interviews with filmmakers and actors, these magazines offer a comprehensive look at the world of cinema. You can also find free TV and radio magazines, as well as a vast library of magazines covering a range of topics. Download PDFs for free and stay up-to-date with the latest in film and entertainment. Also see our page of free online books on the same subjects.
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American Cinemotographer – Download PDF Magazines for Free
American Cinemotographer Magazine Website
Hollywood, CA.: American Society of Cinematographers
“American Cinematographer magazine is a magazine published monthly by the American Society of Cinematographers. It focuses on the art and craft of cinematography, covering domestic and foreign feature productions, television productions, short films, music videos and commercials. The emphasis is on interviews with cinematographers, but directors and other filmmakers are often featured as well. Articles include technical how-to pieces, discussions of tools and technologies that affect cinematography, and historical features.” – Wikipedia. Cinematography magazines.
Australian TV Week Magazine- Brisbane – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Melbourne: Southdown Press
“TV Week magazine is a weekly Australian magazine that provides television program listings information and highlights, as well as television-related news. Content ranges from previews for upcoming storylines of popular television programs, particularly dramas, comedies, soap operas and reality shows airing in Australia, celebrity interviews, gossip and news reports about television, movies and music. A full weekly program guide with highlights is featured, as well listings for streaming services and crossword puzzles. It was first published as a Melbourne-only publication in December 1957.” – Wikipedia.
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Backstage – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Backstage Magazine Website
2019 – Present
“Backstage is the resource for actors, movers, and shakers in the performing arts—expert advice, casting news intel, inspiration, opportunities, and more, provided by industry pros and fellow artists.” – Website. Film magazines online.
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CineAction: A Magazine of Radical Film Criticism & Theory – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Website & issues since 2018
Toronto, CA: CineAction
A Canada-based film magazine, published three times a year, edited by an editorial collective that originally included critic Robin Wood. It was founded in 1985 by members of the film department at Toronto’s York University. The magazine has a Marxist-orientation. The first 98 issues of the magazine were published in print from 1985-2016. The inaugural online issue appeared in October 2018. – Wikipedia. Film magazines online.
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Cinefantastique – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Forest Park, IL.: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique magazine is an American horror, fantasy, and science fiction film magazine. Cinefantastique originally started as a mimeographed fanzine in 1967, then relaunched as a quarterly magazine in 1970. Publisher/editor Frederick S. Clarke made it a serious critical/review journal of the genres. Clarke died in 2000, and not long afterward the magazine was sold, and the name was changed to CFQ. – Wikipedia. Film magazines online.
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Cinema Papers – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Melbourne, Australia: Cinema Papers
First published nationally in 1974, and was published bimonthly in Melbourne. It absorbed another magazine, ‘Filmviews’ in 1989. Cinema Papers ended in 1999, but was revived in 2000 by another publisher, before shutting down again in 2001. Film magazines online.
Cinesprint Magazine – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Issues 2012 – 2020
Hyderabad, India: Wishesh Digital Media
News and happenings from the Indian Cine world, including movie reviews, hot gossip, interviews, star profiles, news, etc. India Movies, film magazines online.
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Deadline Hollywood – Download PDF Magazines for Free
2015 – Present
Hollywood, CA.: PMC
“Deadline Hollywood has become the authoritative source for breaking news in the entertainment industry and readers check the site multiple times each day. Deadline Hollywood is regularly included on lists of top entertainment websites. Influential industry leaders and key decision-makers across many fields track Deadline many times a day and its postings regularly receive more reader comments than all of the entertainment industry news sites combined.” – Website. Film industry magazines.
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Film Bulletin – Download PDF Magazines for Free
A motion picture trade paper, issued every other week. Seems to be aimed mainly at cinema managers and other professionals in film distribution. It features (among many other articles), reviews of films that each contain a synopsis of the story and an assessment of its drawing power for ticket buyers. Film Bulletin Magazine, film industry magazines.
Film India – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Bombay (Mumbai): Baburao Patel
“Film India magazine was an Indian monthly magazine covering Indian cinema and published in English. The magazine featured film news, editorials, studio round-ups, gossip, and reviews of different language films, mainly from Hindi and regional cinema and affiliated reviews from Hollywood.” – Wikipedia. Old Movie Magazines.
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Films in Review – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Films in Review Website
1950-1997 at Internet Archive (Black & White)
NY: Then and There Media
The magazine was apparently begun in the nineteen teens under a different name by the National Board of Review, an organization founded to censor Hollywood movies. In 1950 the format was changed along with the name, and it became more reader friendly. In the mid-1990s the National Board of Review sold it, and the print publication was discontinued shortly thereafter. – Website. Movie Review Magazines.
Hollywood Reporter – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Hollywood Reporter Website
Los Angeles, California: Penske Media
An American magazine and website that focuses on the Hollywood film, television, and entertainment industries. Founded in 1930 as a trade paper. – Wikipedia. Film Industry Magazines.
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ICG Magazine – Cinematography Magazines
ICG Magazine Website
Issues 2017 – Present
Hollywood, CA.: International Cinematographers Guild
“The International Cinematographers Guild represents the most talented camera professionals in the world. The technicians and artisans in our union are the creators of the visual images on the big screen, the television screen and our computer screen.” – Website. Cinematography Magazines.
Lantern: Media History Digital Library
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Media History Digital Library
This website contains a very large free online collection for media history, for the U.S. and a number of other countries. The 40 journals on this page “span the the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound and represent the global scope of media history.”
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Media History Collection – Download PDF Magazines for Free
This collection includes trade magazines and newspapers for people in the entertainment business, as well as some magazines for the general public. Most of the 20th century publications are for the motion picture industry.
You can expand this large collection to see items in several other languages, and in theater, vaudeville, and other related entertainment fields. Use the filters in the left column of the Internet Archive index page.
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Miscellaneous Cinema Magazines – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Dozens of titles and hundreds of issues of cinema magazines.
Modern Screen – Old Movie Magazines
Modern Screen magazine was an American fan magazine that debuted in November 1930 and was published by Dell in New York City, selling for 10 cents. For many years Modern Screen and Photo Play were the most popular magazines among film fans. Modern Screen continued to be successful well into the ’70s, but in the 80s the public was turning to celebrity magazines like People. Modern Screen closed in 1985. – from Wikipedia. Old movie magazines.
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Motion Picture – Vintage Magazine Archive 1920s
Vol 1 (1911) – Vol 40 (1931)
This monthly fan magazine was founded by Vitagraph Studios founder J. Stuart Blackton and partner Eugene V. Brewster, and was called The Motion Picture Story Magazine until the name was shortened in 1914. Early editions included fiction and information about getting involved in film production. It then shifted the focus to celebrities, and attracted a larger female readership. Old magazines from 1920s. Free back issues of magazines.
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Motion Picture Fan Magazine Variety – Old Movie Magazines
U.S. – Various publishers
Several early American film magazine titles for fans are here, from the 1910s and 1920s. They include ‘Film Fun’, ‘Movie Weekly’, ‘Screenland’, and ‘Movie Pictorial’. Also here are magazines for sci-fi movies, such as ‘Spacemen’ and ‘Mole People’ (early 1960s), and ‘Fantastic Films’ (late ’70s.)
Movie and Radio Guide – Old Movie Magazines
“Movie and Radio Guide, a weekly, began life in 1931 as Radio Guide, changing its name in 1940. The name was revised again in 1940 to Movie-Radio Guide. “There were as many as 14 regional editions, intended to reflect local programming schedules and stations. It morphed into Radio guide and is the predecessor of TV Guide” – World Radio History.com. Nearly half of each issue has articles about movie and radio shows and stars, with most of the remainder devoted to extensive radio schedules. See the entry on this web page for “Radio Guide Magazine” for issues from 1931 to 1940. Old Movie Magazines.
Movie Fan Magazine Collection – Old Movie Magazines
Magazine Variety 1912-1923
This collection of early fan magazines includes Screenland, Movie Pictorial, Photo-Play World, Close-Up, New Zealand Theatre & Motion Picture, Film Fun, Movie Weekly, and other titles. Old movie magazines.
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Moving Picture World – Old Movie Magazines
NY: J.P. Chalmers Jr.
“The Moving Picture World magazine was an influential early trade journal for the American film industry, from 1907 to 1927.” – Wikipedia. This was an industry journal, intended for professionals in the film industry or cinema owners rather than for film fans. Classic old movie magazines.
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Nostalgia Illustrated – Old Movie Magazines
NY: Curtis Magazines
Subtitled “The Pleasures of the Past”, this brief series in the mid-70s contained articles & photos of pop culture from the early- to mid-20th century. TV, movies and movie stars make up a large share of the content. Nostalgia Illustrated Magazine. Classic movie magazines, old movie magazines.
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Odeon Magazine –
Issues 2015 -2019
Bath, UK: Future Fusion
Published on behalf of Odeon cinemas. “Every packed issue, ODEON Magazine brings you the latest film news, previews, reviews and features, presented, written with blockbusting passion and knowledge by film lovers for film lovers.” – Publisher. Film industry magazines.
Photoplay – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Chicago: McFadden Publications
Photoplay was one of the first American film fan magazines. It was founded in 1911 in Chicago, the same year that J. Stuart Blackton founded Motion Picture Story, a magazine also directed at fans. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s Photoplay was the most popular magazine in the genre. Magazines from 1920s, magazines from 1930s. Free old magazines download.
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Picture-Play – Download PDF Magazines for Free
NY: Street & Smith
“Picture Play magazine, originally titled Picture-Play Weekly magazine, was an American weekly magazine focusing on the film industry. Its first edition was published on April 10, 1915. It eventually transitioned from a weekly to a monthly magazine, before ending its production run in 1941 when it merged with Charm Magazine.” – Publisher. Picture-Play’s intended audience was movie fans, and the issues are filled with articles about stars and recent films, and lots of photos. Old movie magazines.
Radio Guide – Download PDF Magazines for Free
1932-1943 – Internet Archive
NY Radio Guide
Radio Guide magazine published listings of network radio programming schedules, with articles about the stars, stations and networks. It began in late 1931 and changed names to “Movie and Radio Guide” in 1940; then ceased publication in 1943.
Radio Mirror – Download PDF Magazines for Free
NY – Syndicate Management Corp.
A monthly magazine for listeners that began publication in late 1933. It changed names a few times, and was finally “Radio & TV Mirror’ in 1952-1953. Radio Mirror Magazine.
Realscreen – Download PDF Magazines for Free
2011 – Present
Ontario, Canada: Brunico
“Realscreen is the only international magazine devoted exclusively to the non-fiction film and television industries. Realscreen aims to bring diverse communities together for dialog, debate and discussion about the global business of factual entertainment.” – Publisher. Film Magazines Online.
SciFiNow – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Forest Park, IL.: Cinefantastique
A British magazine and website published every four weeks by Kelsey Media in the United Kingdom, covering the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres. It launched in April 2007, with the print publication ceasing in May 2020. – Wikipedia. Film Magazines Online.
Screen Africa – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Screen Africa Website
2015 – 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa: Sun Circle
“Screen Africa has become the industry bible for South Africa’s film and broadcasting sectors. As South Africa has increasingly taken its place as a leader and partner among Africa’s 54 nations, Screen Africa has broadened its horizons to include film and broadcast industries across the continent. The magazine is now constantly expanding its footprint in one of the world’s most exciting, diverse and vibrant entertainment and communications sectors and expanding its vision from a South African one to a truly pan-African one.” – Website. Film Magazines Online.
Screen Thrills Illustrated – Download PDF Magazines for Free
A popular magazine covering movies, TV and stars. Westerns, war movies and other adventure shows are the main content, and the target audience is mainly male. Screen Thrills Illustrated Magazine, old movie magazines.
SDC Journal – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Website
Issues 2013 – Present
New York: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
“Published by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, SDC JOURNAL’s mission is to give voice to an empowered collective of directors and choreographers working in all jurisdictions and venues across the country, encourage advocacy, and highlight artistic achievement. SDC is a national theatrical labor union.” – Publisher. Film magazines online.
SFX – Film Magazines Online
SFX Magazine Website
Bath, UK: Future PLC
SFX magazine is published every four weeks by Future plc and was founded in 1995. The magazine covers topics in the genres of popular science fiction, fantasy, and horror, within the media of films, television, video games, comics, and literature. – Wikipedia. Film magazines online.
Sight and Sound – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Sight and Sound Website
London, UK: British Film Institute
A British monthly film magazine published by the British Film Institute (BFI). It began as a quarterly in 1932, becoming a monthly in 1991 when it merged with another BFI publication, ‘Monthly Film Bulletin’. The magazine reviews all film releases each month. – Wikipedia. Movie review magazines.
Silver Screen – Download PDF Magazines for Free
New York Dewey Dec. 050
This monthly fan magazine focusing on the film industry began in 1930 and continued, with changes, until 1977. Free old magazines download.
Television Forecast – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Chicago, IL: Television Forecast Inc.
Television Forecast, later TV Forecast was a Chicago TV listings magazine that started in May 1948. It was in B&W with an additional colour on the cover. At the time there were 2 TV Stations in Chicago, and about 18,500 TV sets. There were only about 300,000 sets in the whole USA. – epguides.com
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Television Magazine – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Royal Television Society Website
2014 – Present
London, UK: Royal Television Society
“The Royal Television Society is an educational charity promoting the art and science of television. Television Magazine is the UK’s leading monthly on television issues and broadcasting policy, distributed free to all RTS members.” – Website. TV magazines free.
Television / Radio Age – Download PDF Magazines for Free
NY: Television Editorial Corporation
“This was a U.S. television industry trade magazine from 1953 to 1989. It was known for its dry but detailed coverage of the broadcasting industry and pioneering efforts to connect Madison Avenue (the advertisers) with program makers.” – Wikipedia. TV magazines free.
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TV & Satellite Week – Download PDF Magazines for Free
London, UK: Future Publishing
“TV & Satellite Week is a television listings magazine published in the United Kingdom. Its focus is on quality dramas, comedy and documentaries, films and sport.” – Wikipedia. Free TV magazines. TV & Satellite Week Magazine.
TV Guide – Download PDF Magazines for Free
TV Guide Magazine Website
Book – TV Guide: The First 25 Years (1978)
U.S.: TV Guide Magazine LLC
“TV Guide Magazine is a bi-weekly American magazine that provides television program listings information as well as television-related news, celebrity interviews and gossip, film reviews, crossword puzzles, and, in some issues, horoscopes.” – Wikipedia. TV magazines free.
World Radio History – Download PDF Magazines for Free
World Radio History Collections
UK: World Radio History
Dozens or hundreds of periodicals related to music, radio, TV, and related, from the U.S., UK and other countries. Lots of books also on amateur radio, TV, the music business, the engineering side of the business, and more.
World Screen – Download PDF Magazines for Free
2009 – Present
NY: World Screen
“World Screen, the publishing group behind World Screen magazine, also publishes TV Europe, TV Latina, TV Formats, TV Asia, TV Kids, TV Real, TV Drama and TV Listings. The company’s online offerings include ten English- and Spanish-language newsletters, twenty websites and a number of targeted annual guides.” – Website. This collection includes several of the listed titles. Film Magazines Online.
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Cinema 1962-1976 (Black & White) – Download PDF Magazines for Free
Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media – Download PDF Magazines for Free
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Home Movies 1932-1972
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Free online versions of these Movie, TV & Radio magazines are not available, but their websites feature articles of interest.