Cinema: Fun's Gross

In Washington last week, the U. S. Bureau of the Census announced the results of its first checkup on the U. S. amusement business, conducted by an army of 16,500 CWA workers:

In 1933, the U. S. public spent $519,497,000 on amusements.

Seventy-eight per cent of that total went for cinema. Second most popular amusement was radio ($55,140,000). Third was bowling & billiards ($31,687,000). The theatre grossed $8,611,000.

Of the cinema's $405,844,000, 70% was derived from New York, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ohio, New Jersey, Michigan, Texas, Missouri, with more than $10,000,000 each. Of 9,499 cinema houses in the U. S., 820 are in...

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