A NEW FACTOR IN HEALTH CONDITIONS
HOWARD D. KING, M.D.
The development of the cheap moving picture and musical theaters as factors in the health of the community seems to have escaped the notice of the medical press. To-day every village and hamlet in the United States boasts a moving picture show. In the large cities of the north and east it is not unusual for a hundred and often more to be in operation. . . . As is well known, the great majority of these theaters exist where the population is greatly congested, as in tenement districts and laboring settlements. . . . In the construction or building alteration of these places for their special needs the one object in view is to obtain a maximum seating capacity in as small a space as possible. . . . Municipal regulation is limited to fire prevention and safety exits—and this only after several serious catastrophes.
THE MOVING PICTURE SHOW. JAMA. 2009;302(6):696. doi:10.1001/jama.302.6.696