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The Case Against the 20% Federal Admissions Tax on Motion Picture Theatres (1953)

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"The Entire Motion Picture Industry Presents" this film. At the time this film was made, motion picture theaters were required to pay a 20% tax on gross ticket sales, and Congress was ... See full summary »

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E.R. Baum ...
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James Bell ...
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Claude Cooper ...
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Virginia Field ...
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C.R. Guthrie ...
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Leaman Marshall ...
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Charles Tannen ...
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"The Entire Motion Picture Industry Presents" this film. At the time this film was made, motion picture theaters were required to pay a 20% tax on gross ticket sales, and Congress was debating lowering this tax (as well as others) in a bill being considered by a Congressional committee. This film, which was made especially to be shown to members of the committee, sets forth the motion picture industry's case for reducing, if not eliminating, the tax. It presents statistics regarding the closing of theaters in general (approximately 4500 US theaters, or about 25%, from 1946 through 1952), and the number of theaters that have closed in each committee member's state. These closings have caused a steady decline of revenues. Additionally, theater owners in various midwestern cities tell how this tax has adversely affected their businesses. In the small town of Holton, Kansas, merchants state that the closed movie theater was the city's main entertainment center. Without it to draw people ... Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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21 July 2005 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I've a special interest in films about films. They come in all varieties, but this is a special case, a film made by the film industry about itself. This is actually made for Congress to plead for the removal of a federal tax. The tax, a heavy 20% was imposed when the movie industry was a monopolistic money machine.

But by the fifties, TeeVee was killing the notion of a night at the movies. It didn't help that the product was crap. So the industry plead to have the tax removed. It portrays the embattled small theater operator as the mainstay of the community: as church, civic center, supporter of the march of dimes, progenitor of all downtown businesses.

This was effective. The very same presentation is now being adapted to save another questionable enterprise "family" farms. This movie was cited in the initial planning for that campaign so the story goes.

So it is interesting in a historical sense, a piece of propaganda using postwar techniques that have since become a fundamental part of the American political process.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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