Striking Photos of Depression and WWII Era Movie Theaters and Posters

This fall, we’ve been perusing the newly-opened Yale archive of photos from the Great Depression and the World War II era. All the pictures were created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OW) in order to document what life was like around the country.

The photos below look at movie theaters, audiences, and posters from the 1930s and ’40s, ranging from America’s most rural counties, dotted with migrant workers, to New York City and Washington, D.C.

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Movie theater. Southside, Chicago, Illinois. Russell Lee, April 1941.