Jeffrey Klenotic

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Communication Arts Minor
Communication Arts, B.A.
UNH Manchester
Office 481

Office Hours

  • Regular hours vary by semester
  • Meetings always available by appointment


Jeff Klenotic teaches courses in media, culture and society. He is a past winner of the UNH Manchester Teaching Excellence Award and is passionate about working with students and the public to facilitate media education. He has also won two UNH Faculty Scholars Awards for his pioneering digital history research project, Mapping Movies, which allows users to explore the landscape of American cinema using interactive web-based maps ( A founding member of the International Cinema Audiences Research Group (ICARG) and the History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception (HoMER) project (, he has given invited lectures and research presentations to students and scholars in many countries, including Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Italy, and The Netherlands. His essays on cinema history have been published in journals such as Senses of Cinema, Film History, Communication Review and The Velvet Light Trap, as well as in numerous books and encyclopedias. Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Dr. Klenotic joined the UNH community in 1992 and helped design the current Communication Arts major. For fun he enjoys spending time with his greyhounds, golfing and going to the movies.


  • CMN 455 - Introduction to Media Studies
  • CA 504 - Film Criticism
  • CA 527 - History of Film
  • CA 531 - History of Advertising
  • CA 600 - Media Research Methods
  • CA 610 - Communication Technologies and Culture
  • CA 615 - Film History: Theory and Method
  • CA 720 - Mobile Media 


  • Media History
  • Media Distribution and Exhibition
  • Media Audience Analysis
  • Geography of Media and Communication
  • Historical Geographic Information Systems
  • Advertising and Business History


  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
  • Northeast Historic Film Archive (NHF)
  • European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS)
  • International Cinema Audiences Research Group (ICARG)


  • UNH Manchester Teaching Excellence Award (1997)
  • UNH Faculty Scholars Award (2005, 2012)
  • UNH Research and Engagement Academy Scholar (2012)


  • “Space, Place and the Female Film Exhibitor: The Transformation of Cinema in Small Town New Hampshire During the 1910s,” in Locating the Moving Image: New Approaches to Film and Place, Indiana University Press, J. Hallam and L. Roberts, eds., 2014, pp. 44-79.
  • “From Mom-and-Pop to Paramount-Publix: Selling the Community on the Benefits of National Theater Chains,” in Watching Films: New Perspectives on Movie-Going, Exhibition and Reception, Intellect, University of Chicago Press, A. Moran and K. Aveyard, eds, 2013, pp. 189-208.
  • “Putting Cinema History on the Map: Using GIS to Explore the Spatiality of Cinema,” in Explorations in New Cinema History, Wiley-Blackwell, R. Maltby, D. Biltereyst and P. Meers, eds., 2011, pp. 58-84.
  • “Four Hours of Hootin’ and Hollerin’: Moviegoing and Everyday Life Outside the Movie Palace,” in Going to the Movies: Hollywood and the Social Experience of Cinema, University of Exeter Press, R. Maltby, M. Stokes and R. Allen, eds., 2007, pp. 130-154.
  • “‘Like Nickels in a Slot’: Children of the American Working Classes at the Neighborhood Movie House,” The Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film and Television, 2001, Vol. 48, pp. 20-33.


  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, 1996

  • M.A., University of Massachusetts, 1988

  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1985

Speakers Bureau

“A Theater Near You: Mapping Cinema History in the Granite State”: When did movies first arrive in New Hampshire? Where did they play? Who presented them? Who saw them? When and where were the state’s first movie theaters constructed? How did a transient new medium run by itinerant showmen become one of the most popular and enduring pastimes of the 20th century? This program explores these questions and more as Jeffrey Klenotic presents examples from his ongoing research, which aims to produce a digital archive and interactive map charting every venue where movies played in the Granite State from the medium’s origins in 1896 to the rise of television in the 1940s. Those attending will be welcome to share their own knowledge of local movie venues and their own memories of “going to the movies.”

Speaking topics
  • American Film History - Social History of Film, Movie Theaters and the Changing Nature of Movie going, Hollywood as Historian
  • Advertising and Society - Social History of Advertising, The Ideology of Advertising, How to Analyze Ads
  • News and Society - Social History of News, Civic Journalism, Economic and Editorial Pressures on News Reporting
  • Broadcasting and Society - Origins of the Commercial Broadcast System, The Debate Over Television Violence, Effect of Television on the Shaping of Human Consciousness