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May, 1932: Unions can’t keep jobs, theatres

Photo caption: Willie Bloff

Source: Dark City book excerpt from the Noir City website (

More than 300 theatres were operating as nonunion houses, compared with less than 100 just a few years before.

 For the workers in live theatre, it was even worse.  Estimates are that as many as 10,000 out of 16,000 IA stagehands were out of work during this time.