Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2021

Abstract

Nowadays, when you go to watch a movie, it does not matter who you are, what you are, or especially what skin color you are. You can walk into a movie theatre, buy a ticket, and go watch your movie. Unfortunately, this was not the case for all movie theatres in the first half of the twentieth century. San Antonio theatres were segregated throughout in this era, which encouraged segregation throughout the city. Segregation occurred in many places, but who could have thought that segregation could have occurred at family-oriented places such as the Majestic Theatre, the Rex Theatre, and the Cameo Theater. All of these theaters were known to had segregation elements placed that overall caused a different experience for blacks and whites. Each theatre was built to please crowds, and each one completed that mission with help from their owners. Even in blacks and Hispanics leisure time, they were forced to be separated. No matter if the theatre was air-conditioned, or open to see the sky, separate was not equal.

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