Chicago theater feature

Library of Congress: Entrances of moving picture theaters, (Chicago?), no. 11, Normal Theatre

Block v. Chicago

By February 19, 1909

In Block v. Chicago (239 Ill. 251 N.E. 1011), the nation’s first film censorship law is tested in court and found constitutional. The judge writes that the law banning undefined immorality and obscenity is not constitutionally vague. That attitude will prevail for the next 45 years.


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