Vintage movie theater announcements: How to clap, don’t wear hats & more messaging you wouldn’t see today

Vintage silent movie theater announcements

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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.

Granted, they’re not exactly like the loud and eye-popping previews you see before movies today — or even the dancing soda cups of the 1950s — but they got the job done, and amused the crowds at the same time. 

Motion picture etiquette: Welcome (1912)

Welcome - Old silent movie screen slide (1912)


Loud talking or whistling not allowed

Loud talking or whistling not allowed - Old silent movie announcement (1912)


Ladies kindly remove your hats

Ladies kindly remove your hats - antique silent movie announcement (1912)


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 - Old silent film screen slide (1912)


Please applaud with hands only

Please applaud with hands only - Old silent movie announcement (1912)


Kindly remain seated

Kindly remain seated - Vintage silent movie theater announcement (1912)


Family-friendly!

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 - Old silent film screen slide (1912)


Your ad could be here!
Advertise your business on this screen and get results. See the manager

Advertise your business on this screen and get results. See the manager - Vintage silent movie theater screen slide (1912)


Change of song to-morrow

Change of song to-morrow - antique silent movie theater announcement (1912)


If annoyed when here, please tell the management

If annoyed when here, please tell the management - Vintage silent movie theater announcement (1912)


Intermission

Intermission - Vintage silent movie theater screen slide (1912)3 minutes intermission while changing pictures


3 minutes intermission while changing pictures

3 minutes intermission while changing pictures - Vintage silent film theater announcement (1912)


Don’t forget your umbrella or other parcels

Don't forget your umbrella or other parcels - Vintage silent movie theater screen slide (1912)


Good night

Good night - Vintage silent film theater announcement (1912)

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