We all know how some moviegoers could use some manners in the cinema, and apparently, it has been a problem since the early days of motion picture!
Among the treasures housed in the online archives of the Library of Congress is a collection of interesting movie etiquette cards from the early 1910s, telling us that inappropriate behavior in moviehouses has long been a problem — maybe too long now, in fact!
The Library of Congress says:
“As middle class mass entertainments gained increasing popularity in the late nineteenth century, so did the impetus to instruct this new audience in the ways of appropriate public behavior.”
Thus, the management of moviehouses thought of making humorous reminders to cinephiles back then on how they can be considerate to other moviegoers so everyone can enjoy the show. The lantern slides below were created by John D. Scott and Edward Van Altena, regarded to be among the leading slide makers of the era: