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Chicago, Movies, and the 1918 Pandemic

Learn about three Chicago movie theaters that survived the 1918 flu pandemic

About This Tour


Backed by video footage of three silent-era theaters, hear about the 1918 flu pandemic's effect on Chicago movie houses and what the owners did to survive. 

This program includes HD video footage of silent-era Chicago movie theaters that survived the pandemic. It also covers a brief history of the Spanish Flu and looks in-depth at how small and large Chicago movie houses were affected financially by this event and how they pulled through.


What's Included

Chicago Movie Tours' virtual and in-person programs incorporate the following to bring the subject matter to life:

   •    HD video
   •    Photos
   •    Clips and screenshots
   •    Maps
   •    Newspapers
   •    Movie fan magazines
   •    Animated slideshows
   •    Expert commentary...and more

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