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Open Air Moving Pictures at the Belle Isle Aerodome

July 10, 2011

100 years ago, open air moving picture shows were all the rage. This newspaper article from the Nevada State Journal suggests that the Belle Isle show “was the first time that moving pictures were shown outside of an enclosed building.” Perhaps it was the first time in Belle Isle for such a thing, but all over the country the practice was already at least a few years old, as evidenced by the newspaper ads posted below.

NEVADA STATE JOURNAL (10 July 1911): 6

Honolulu, HI, 1909

WASHINGTON, DC, 1909

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  1. July 18, 2011 11:11 pm

    I like the Park Theater’s enticement that it’s “not an ill-smelling auditorium.” I’m sure just about every enclosed space on the planet was ill-smelling back in 1911.

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