Entertainment Before 1950

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  • Popular Entertainment Before 1950
    • Theatres and Music Halls
      • Large towns had 1 theatre and several music halls
      • Many people visited theatres and music halls as special treats
      • More for working class and upper class people
      • People listen to operas such as HMS Pinafore and The Mikado
      • Mary Llyod and Harry Launder were very well known
      • Music Halls tended to be more raucos and several reporters were worried about behaviour
      • People would sing along in music halls and it offered songs with catchy choruses
    • Churches and Chapels
      • Many People attended church in the beginning of the 20th century
      • Sundays were the day of worship
      • Churches offered activities all days of the week and all year
      • For mainly Children and women church activities was their only form of entertainment
      • Churches organized lots of activities
        • Choirs and Brass Bands
        • Drama groups
        • Penny readings
        • Sports teams
    • Pubs and Institiutes
      • People didn't want workers near the dangers of alcohol
      • Pubs were opposed by many
        • Wives worried about husbands drinking
        • Managers worried about absence from work
        • Chapel goers worried about moral standards
      • The Temperance Movement was set up in the 19th Century and campaigned against the consumption of alcohol
      • Going to the pub was an essential part of male leisure time
      • Sports teams used them as their head quarters
    • Cinemas
      • First cinema opened in 1907
      • 1914 - 4000 "Picture Palaces" in Britain
      • Poor mans theatre
      • 1927 - first "Talkie" the Jazz Singer
      • 1930 - 50% of the population went to the cinema once a week
      • Famous Names: Greta Garbol and Errol Flynn

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