How Did the Cinema Affect the Lives of Women and Children in 1930’s?
Labelled the ‘golden age of Hollywood’ the 1930’s was arguably a decade of turmoil. This led to many people attending the cinema to escape from reality. Among adults, women tended to go to the cinema more often than their husbands, and this finding was echoed by rowntree, who found that 75 per cent of cinema-goers in New York during the late 1930’s were women. With large numbers of children attending these types of pictures, parents and adults began questioning the effect the movies had on their children. As one 1930s screenwriter, Dudley Nichols, put it: "Our exposure to the theatre is either helping us to resolve our own conflicts and the conflicts of society by …show more content…
Although there are many reasons as to why the cinema can be seen as harmful for children, there are also many benefits. Although the cinema may have given a false impression of what life was really like, children saw lessons being learned and although it was all wrong, it was an “essential stage in their development”. Children were able to reach a mature judgment based on things they saw at the cinema.
Contrastingly, many of the films that were being shown could be said to be unsuitable for the youthful mind which could have a damaging effect on children