Quick Click … From the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, Feb. 4, 2016
Let’s go back a few years. It is 1930 in Detroit and you feel like having a bit of entertainment. What will you do?
There is no Internet or television, and certainly no cell phones or home theaters. You might listen to a bit of radio, if there is any regular programming at the time you would like to listen.
If you decide to get out of the house, there is no Disneyland or Cedar Point; there are, perhaps, some sporting events.
Nevertheless, a night on the town can be exciting. Look no further than the “Theatres” page in the April 11, 1930, issue of the Jewish Chronicle in the William Davidson Digital Archives.
First, you could go to see a “talking picture.” The latest invention from Hollywood — movies that had sound and you could actually hear the actors speak! OMG! Talking pictures were only three years old in 1930.
You might choose the talking comedy, The Kibitzer. Or maybe you prefer live theater and decide to go to Littman’s Peoples Theater to see The Jewish General. Or, for real excitement, you could go to the Detroit Opera House to see the Hubert Winstead-presented film with sound from his Big Jungle Game Hunt, Wild Women Gorillas. It was aptly billed, I think, as “unbelievable.” Yes, there was no shortage of entertainment in 1930.
Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at www.djnfoundation.org.
By Mike Smith, DJN Foundation Archivist