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Growth of small, nonunion theatres

Photo caption: A theatre in Kansas City, Missouri.

Source: IA Bulletin, Sumer, 1968

There were at least 50 small theatre groups, and their numbers were growing.  These small theatres, operating on a shoestring, did not employ union stagehands.  In fact, many of them depended on volunteers for assistance.

These little theatres eventually evolved into community theatres, which concentrated on producing Broadway hits in the hinterlands to eventually open on Broadway.

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