This article discusses the early movie theaters of the 1920's and 30's and their role in giving working-class patrons a place to not only escape from their hardships, but also a place where they could be treated as if they were wealthy. This is emphasized in the decor and physical structure of the movie theaters as well as in the nature of the attractions themselves.
"Reality Bites: Social Implications of the Early 20th Century Movie,"
Constructing the Past:
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/constructing/vol4/iss1/5