Thursday, December 27, 2018

New Year’s Eve 1935 at the Palace

Everybody celebrates New Year’s Eve a little bit differently. Some people like to party; some like to just enjoy a dinner out; and many just stay home.

Another option is to take in a movie, and if you were heading out to the Warner Palace theater in Lorain on New Year’s Eve 1935, the playbill also included a stage show.

The ad above, which ran in the Lorain Journal on New Year’s Eve, advertises “6 Big Acts” including Hank Miller and His Ozark Mountain Boys.

And the movie? It was To Beat the Band, starring comedian Hugh Herbert and Helen Broderick.

As you no doubt noticed, the Palace ad contains an illustration of a performer in blackface, which is now considered racially insensitive but was still going strong in the 1930s. You can read more about it here.

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