Hawthorne Theatre

Cicero, IL

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 4, 2009 at 6:39 pm

I believe this theater was shown in a 1953 theater owners' documentary about the financial devastation wrought by the 20% federal tax, plus other encroachments on the box office, such as television.

The doc is called “The Case Against the 20% Federal Admission Tax on Motion Picture Theaters” and is a treasure trove of theaters operating but in imminent trouble, including long looks at their still-open theaters, marquees, etc., and interviews with the owners.

There are also plenty of shots of already-closed theaters; the writing was really on the wall already.

TCM ran this movie on 11/1/09 at about 6am and I stumbled upon it by accident; I don’t know when it will screen again but it is well worth seeking out.

Deuchler on May 18, 2006 at 7:30 pm

Where was this one located, exactly?

Doug Deuchler