With movie theaters around the country closing over the past few days, I was curious as to how the exhibition industry survived a similar shutdown in 1918, when the so-called "Spanish Flu" swept the world. I did some research and produced this mini podcast about it. This episode will remain free for the rest of March. FYI, the funds I receive from Patreon are used to pay freelancers to help me make, promote and distribute You Must Remember This. Enjoy!
Here is a list of sources consulted on this mini-episode:
Flu Season: "Moving Picture World" Reports on Pandemic Influenza, 1918-19 by Richard Koszarski, from Film History, Vol. 17, No. 4, Unfashionable, Overlooked or Under Estimated (2005)
"How the Coronavirus Could Transform Los Angeles," by Jason McGahan, Los Angeles Magazine
"Movie Attendance Has Been on a Dismal Decline Since the 1940s," Business Insider
Hearst Over Hollywood by Louis Pizzitola.
Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara by Eve Golden
Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris
Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema, edited by Melody Bridges and Cheryl Robson