Ah, pre-show warnings. They’re in every theatre. DON’T USE YOUR CELLPHONE IN THE THEATRE. They’re as common as popcorn now, and it would be odd for a movie theatre to be without them. But what about before cellphones?
Believe it or not, early movie theaters (nickelodeons) also had warnings. One of them said “Please don’t stamp your feet-The floor will cave in.” A joke (thankfully), but a reminder to those of us a hundred years later that even back then there were rowdy people in audiences.
But my absolute favorite warning (that I’ve so far come across) is represented in this nearly 3 minute film by my favorite director, D.W. Griffith. I think it’s a hilarious little film. If you’ve never taken the time to watch a silent film, I heartily encourage you to enjoy this little gem — And tell me what you think!
Those Awful Hats, 1909.