"Thank God for film archivist Dennis Nyback. If not for his encyclopedic knowledge of rare films and his tenacity for acquiring them, we would never have the privilege to view some astounding works of cinema." Kim Morgan


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Dennis In Books

Reading the Rabbit by Kevin Sandler

The book was a series of essays on Bugs Bunny that had been inspired by my program Bad Bugs Bunny being shown in several movie theaters in Great Britain in 1996. The booker for the British shows of Bad Bugs Bunny was Ian Rattray I am mentioned in the introduction for being responsible. I wasn’t aware of this for many years, being as they spelled my name wrong. In the introduction they have me as Dennis Nybach.

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press; None ed. edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813525381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813525389

Shock. The Essential Guide to Exploitation Cinema. Vol. 3. Jaworzyn, S. (Ed). Titan Books, London,

1996. I am mentioned in the essay “The Day They Turned the Lights Up” by Jack Stevenson

Paperback: 128 pages

  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; First Edition edition (September 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852867078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852867072

Trashfilm Roadshows: Off the Beaten Track with Subversive Movies, Johannes Shoenherr

Johannes ran my Pike St. Cinema in 1993 when I drove to Cleveland to see a baseball game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium and also show films in Detroit. Later in 1996 Johannes helped me with the Lighthouse Cinema. Not all the information in the book is accurate. The Lighthouse is on the cover. Funny, in the Amazon page for this book Johannes last night is spelled wrong.

Series: Headpress

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Critical Vision (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900486199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900486194

Land of a Thousand Balconies: Discoveries and Confessions of a B-Movie Archeologist, by Jack Stevenson

Jack’s book contains the chapter The Nyback Chronicles: 1 Notes in the Key of B The Pike Street Cinema and 2 On the Rocks With the Lighthouse Cinema. Jack had previously published both pieces before in magazines.

Paperback: 224 pages

  • Publisher: Critical Vision (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900486237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900486231

The Best of LCD: The Art and Writing of WFMU edited by Dave the Spazz.

I wrote a nine panel cartoon, illustrated by Alex Wald, about the first made by radio super star, Rudy Vallee. It was published inside the back cover of the WFMU program guide Lowest Common Denominator, issue number 22. It was later reprinted in the Best of LCD.

Paperback: 238 pages

  • Publisher: Princeton Archit.Press; 1 edition (September 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568987153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568987156

From the Arthouse to the Grindhouse: Highbrow and Lowbrow Transgression in Cinema’s First Century edited by John Cline and Robert G. Weiner.

My essay Seattle Art and Grind is included. It was choppily edited and lacks some interior sense.

Hardcover: 362 pages

  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (July 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081087654X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810876545

Dark Stars Rising by Shade Rupe

I am in this because of the Lighthouse Cinema being mentioned. Unfortunately, Shade, who I knew from Seattle originally, wrote me in as “….the northwest’s Dennis Bartok opened the 

decrepit Lighthouse Theater, a short-lived, well-remembered venture, and one of the last 

attempts at bohemian artistry in the city before  the emergence of the blandness of Newer York. 

I have yet to meet my doppelganger Dennis Bartok. I wish him the best.

Paperback: 568 pages

  • Publisher: Headpress; First Edition edition (February 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900486695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900486699