Every young entrepreneur in the entertainment industry has ambitions of drawing the biggest crowds possible. The business of entertainment oriented entrepreneurs is rough and tumble and hardcore. That is to say that it remains an entirely competitive business to be involved in. Since portable turnstiles first began to turn over a lot more than one hundred years ago, businessmen have been vying for the attention of their local crowds and the entertainers that draw them in.
Back then it was vaudeville, and sometimes even obscene curiosities from an ancient continent that satiated the curiosity of westernized and rapidly urbanizing crowds. The rural poor were not included from such manifestations of entertainment, and ironically, it was on them that the entertainment barons sought to exercise their skills of exploitation. Those most affected by the Great Depression were the least educated and were easily influenced into believing that the horrible and the utterly weird were for real.
Behind the scenes, it was nothing more than one of the biggest entertainment cons of the time. In later post-war years, nuclear era families were quite a bit more discerning and selective in their choice of entertainment and would not easily be swayed to part with their hard-earned dollars, preferring to spend more time and money on building up their homes and gathering in front of that miraculous invention known as the TV.
First it was black and white, and then came glorious Technicolor. In the meantime, the entertainment industry took off in a big way, with young crowds streaming through the turnstiles and going absolutely gaga for their favorite jazz, pop and rock ‘n roll icons. Rhythm and blues were also in the act but there were historic restrictions imposed on fans of that genre. Even so, the turnstiles never stopped turning.