Movie Etiquette

One of the silliest parts of the movie-going experience is sitting through all the ads before the show, which culminate with PSAs pleading with the audience to silence their phones and refrain from texting during the show. While phone calls and texting are part of our culture now, they should definitely be banned from theaters. But what did we complain about before cell phones? Talking, sure, but apparently, in the silent film era of the early 20th century, the biggest problem audiences had to deal with was hats. I came across these creatively goofy PSA slides from the 1910’s and found them to be delightful.

Silent Movie Etiquette, 1910s:


Via Old Hollywood

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