Mapping Movies is founded on a simple premise: Where we watch movies matters. Whatever the environment – cinema, town hall, church, airplane, hotel, school, living room, mobile device or elsewhere – Mapping Movies explores how people and movies interact in places that vary and change over time. The goal is to discover the social, technological and industrial forces that produce the infrastructure for these interactions, and to map the cultural patterns formed through and upon them. By placing movies in geographical context, the project explores the relations between media access, landscape, social demographics, economic development, cultural networks, community and memory. It also tests the limits of mapping as a method and mode for historical research and public engagement.