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Chicago, Movies, and Censorship

Get a bite-sized history of Hollywood censorship and Chicago's role in the matter

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Almost since film began, church and community leaders, Chicagoans included, have been leery of its existence—not to mention its blatant depictions of sex and violence.

In this 30-minute virtual program with Chicago Movie Tours, you'll get a bite-sized history of Hollywood censorship and Chicago's early role in the matter.

This program was streamed live on our Facebook Page.


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This is an excerpt from our virtual program Chicago, Movies, and Censorship.

In the clip, we explain why middle-class church and community leaders disliked early movie theaters (i.e., nickelodeons or "cheap theaters") and fought to have them closed down.

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