Reel Resilience: The Survival of Chicago Movie Theaters in 1918
Learn about three Chicago movie theaters that survived the 1918 flu pandemic
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.
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Chicago Movie Tours' virtual tours incorporate the following, when applicable, to bring the subject matter to life:
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Vintage newspaper articles and ads
Classic movie fan magazine excerpts
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