1911Sunday openings of theaters were protested by church groups.People and Communities, Arts and Culture, Theater, Religion

Courtesy of Gloucester City Archives, 1911 City Documents, #58
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The well-attended meeting started with presentations by the opposition without strife. However, when the supporters rose to speak they were heckled and harrassed. While a voice vote by the crowd was deemed to be in opposition to Sunday openings, the supporters cried foul, claiming the meeting had been purposely packed with opponents and did not reflect the community sentiment. A call for the council to take a vote resulted in another uproar, and the meeting was concluded without a vote.

Gloucester Daily Times. “Hearing on Sunday Theatres Developed into Uproar.” February 24, 1911, Vol. 46 No. 6777 edition. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/. Gloucester City Archives, 1911 City Documents, #58
Gloucester Daily Times. “Hearing on Sunday Theatres Developed into Uproar.” February 24, 1911, Vol. 46 No. 6777 edition. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/.
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