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Philadelphia Story: 1941

Philadelphia Story: 1941

Chicago moviegoers waiting to see "The Philadelphia Story" starring Stewart, Grant and Hepburn. April 1941. View full size. Photograph by Russell Lee.

 

Regal Theater

This is the original Regal Theater at 4719 South Parkway (now Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) and the other movie on the bill was "Life with Henry" - Henry Aldrich that is. Another view of the same day is here:
http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/3211.html

Great picture!

Everyone looks so dapper. Awesome photo!

Dress up

Yes, everything was an event back then, even the movies. Dressing up and looking smart was the way to go. I love it.

well-dressed

My goodness, everyone is so shiny and polished looking. These people dressed better to see a movie than I dress for a wedding!

Yeah, and a great movie!

Best by Hepburn, for sure!

movie house, picture show, the movies

makes you miss when going to the movies was a weekly event, the movie houses were small palaces, it was a place for kids to act grown up and meet other kids, great pic

 
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