New York exhibitor jailed for allowing minors into his theater
From the New York Sun, 100 years ago today:
Moses Maas, the proprietor of a moving picture showhouse at East Houston and Pitt streets, was convicted in the Court of Special Sessions yesterday of allowing minors in to see his performance unaccompanied by a guardian. He was sentenced to serve twenty days in the City Prison, which is the first time a moving picture impresario here has been punished by a jail sentence, his conviction was obtained mainly through the efforts of the Unity Club, an East Side organization formed last August for the purpose of putting a stop to the practice of proprietors of allowing children in to see their shows.
Supt. Moore of the Gerry society told the Justices that Maas’s place was the worst in the city.