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Obscura Society NY: Cinema Club "Monday Night Matinee"

an evening of newsreels, serials, cartoons, and other shorts from the golden age of cinema

In the 1930s, the war between cinema and vaudeville was in full swing. Many of the grand old theaters that had been dedicated to hosting live shows were being retrofitted to accommodate the increasingly popular new medium, replacing performers who were convinced that moving pictures were merely a passing fad. After all, in a pre-television world, an audience could get all manner of entertainment from a vaudeville show, from music and comedy to drama and dance. Hollywood was quite aware of this difference, however, and developed their own diverse programming that attempted to combine the novelty of motion pictures with the variety offered by vaudeville. Shorts, in the form of newsreels, cartoons, serials, trailers and more, preceded almost every film that people went to see in the theater.

Join the Obscura Cinema Club for an evening of entertainment that harkens back to this time of novelty and innovation, with this carefully curated selection of shorts from 1930's through the 1960's. Join us on a trip back to when the price of a ticket not only paid for a double feature, but also a filmic variety show of shorts. These films will provide a fascinating, enlightening, and at times hilarious look at the events, popular culture, and social mores of the time.


Monday, February 22nd at 7pm

Videology Bar & Cinema

308  Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

$10 Early Bird / $12 after February 13th


All ticket sales are final.