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Music in a Time of Want by Barry Carl

During the oxymoronically named Great Depression, more movie theaters were built in America than at any time either before or since. On first thought, this seems to counter the thinking of the arts-unfriendly legislators that view the arts as fluff, marginal annoyances, mere detours from the nuts and bolts business of putting the country’s economy back on track after eight years of unregulated, disastrous greed. So why, then, did this explosion of supposedly superfluous building take place during a time of financial meltdown?