This study analyzes four movie theaters: the Swanson Theatre in Chicago, Illinois; the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri; the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Illinois, and the Lyric Theatre in Greenville, Illinois. By examining the intersection of class, race, and gender at these theaters, this research broadens the understanding of how movie theaters operated in the Midwest from 1910-1935. This work looks specifically at the architecture and activities that took place and how those were often used to cater to a white, middle class, and at times, specifically a female audience. By looking at the intersection of class, race, and gender at these lesser known theaters, this work adds to the understanding of how movie theaters operated in this particular region and what people experienced while attending these theaters during this time period.
|Commitee:||Miller, Jennifer, Jack, Bryan|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 82/8(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Ethnic studies, Art history, Social studies education, American history, Gender studies, Regional Studies, Demography|
|Keywords:||Midwestern United States, Movie theaters in the Midwest, Chicago, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, Greenville, Illinois, Female audience, White, middle-class|
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