Motion picture etiquette: Lantern slides (1912)

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From “Madam – How would you like to sit behind the hat you are wearing?” to “3 minutes intermission while changing pictures,” these lantern slides were created in 1912 as movie theater etiquette notes, reminders and announcements.

The Library of Congress, who own the original lantern slide prints, describe them as text “superimposed on humorous photograph, and the whole shown in a fancy carved frame.” These images were created by Scott & Van Altena (John D Scott and Edward Van Altena), who were considered some of the leading slide makers of the era.

Navigate the photos one by one, or click the arrow along the top to start an automatic slideshow, showing a different image every 10 seconds.

Movie theater instruction slides

Welcome

Welcome


Please applaud with hands only

Please applaud with hands only


Madam, how would you like to sit behind the hat you are wearing

Madam, how would you like to sit behind the hat you are wearing


3 minutes intermission while changing pictures

3 minutes intermission while changing pictures


Advertise your business on this screen and get results. See the manager

Advertise your business on this screen and get results. See the manager


Change of song to-morrow

Change of song to-morrow


Don't forget your umbrella or other parcels

Don't forget your umbrella or other parcels


If annoyed when here, please tell the management

If annoyed when here, please tell the management


Intermission

Intermission


Ladies and children are cordially invited to this theatre. No offensive pictures are ever shown here

Ladies and children are cordially invited to this theatre. No offensive pictures are ever shown here


Kindly remain seated

Kindly remain seated


Ladies kindly remove your hats

Ladies kindly remove your hats


Loud talking or whistling not allowed

Loud talking or whistling not allowed


Good night

Good night


WelcomePlease applaud with hands onlyMadam, how would you like to sit behind the hat you are wearing3 minutes intermission while changing picturesAdvertise your business on this screen and get results. See the managerChange of song to-morrowDon't forget your umbrella or other parcelsIf annoyed when here, please tell the managementIntermissionLadies and children are cordially invited to this theatre. No offensive pictures are ever shown hereKindly remain seatedLadies kindly remove your hatsLoud talking or whistling not allowedGood night

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