The era of historic theaters in America had its heyday during the early 1900s through the early 1930s, with most being built in the 1920s. Even after the stock market crash in 1929 and the economic depression that followed, these theaters continued operating, providing audiences with an escape from anxiety and tragedy for a nickel.

“There would be 10-12 theaters in a several-block area in big cities, because it was where everyone went to gather and be entertained and social,&...

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