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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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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.

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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:

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.


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

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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