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Showtime in Chicago: 1941

Showtime in Chicago: 1941

April 1941. "The movies are popular in the Negro section of Chicago. Regal Theater and Savoy Ballroom in the Southside neighborhood." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Looked the same in 1961

when I was producing a series of Chicago jazz sessions for Riverside Records. I took this photo then—notice Sam Cooke and The Drifters were on the bill.


I'm fascinated that the ones who noticed Mr. Lee are all children. So many of them are looking directly at the camera.

Also, The Philadelphia Story is worthy of many, many viewings.

Basie at the Savoy

It looks as if Count Basie was playing the Savoy ... can you imagine?

I hear a Meadowlark

In addition to movies and roller skating, the Savoy also had basketball exhibitions by the Savoy Big Five, who later changed their name to the Harlem Globetrotters.

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We've been to the Savoy for roller skating a couple of times.

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Late Arrivals

I hope these filmgoers got a break at the box office in April of 1941. Both "The Philadelphia Story" and "Life With Henry" were released and had already been shown in movie houses in 1940.


I find it sorta remarkable that on the coming attractions, the Regal found it necessary to say they’re showing GWTW with “Nothing Cut but the Price”. What, they were going to clip out the burning of Atlanta because the show ran long?? Oy gevalt!

The first car

is a 1940 Mercury. I bought one in 1968, and restored it by 1972. I used it for about 40 years, and then gifted it to a young friend who will take care of it for many years to come.

This ain't a rehearsal

I know it's been said before, but I love the way people used to dress up to go out. I still dress up when I go out. You live one time; dressing up is a nod to the uniqueness of every day.

[As well as, in this case, Easter Sunday. - Dave]

All the more reason to resurrect the custom of dressing up to go out.

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