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Let's Go to the Movies! Midwestern Movie Theaters: 1910-1935
by Hess, Emily, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2020, 121; 28258988
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fowler, Laura
Commitee: Miller, Jennifer, Jack, Bryan
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: History
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
Publication Number: 28258988
ISBN: 9798569958344
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