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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LE BALLON: 1883

Flight Command: 1941

Flight Command: 1941

April 1941. "Movie theater. Southside, Chicago, Illinois." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Famous theater built in 1928.

It looked the same twenty years later when I took this photo. Lil Armstrong was with me—her former husband, Louis had played the Regal often, as did a virtual who's who of black performers. It was here, they say, that Aretha was crowned the Queen of Soul.

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Movies were OK in 1941, but 23 years later B. B. King recorded one of the greatest live albums here.

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