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Watching a movie at the Columbia in 1921 in Phoenix, Arizona


It's 1921 in Phoenix, Arizona, so let's go watch a movie. You know, a flicker, a moving picture. They'll all the rage. The Columbia is showing Constance Talmadge in "The Perfect Woman".

Yes, I know what you're thinking - that those old movies were pretty tame, and boring. No sex and violence. But waitaminute, this is before the Hays Office and censorship of movies, which won't happen until next year. Now we'll be able to see some pretty outrageous stuff, like people kissing while a woman holds a gun, and, well, the things that next year would be banned in movies and wouldn't return until the "M" for Mature ratings, and and all of that begins in the 1960s. I'm sure that "The Perfect Woman" won't be X-rated, or even R, but it sure won't be G. Probably more like PG. Pretty outrageous for 1921.

The Columbia Theater in 1917, 106 W. Adams, Phoenix, Arizona.

The Columbia Theater is at 106 W. Adams, which is Adams and 1st Avenue. Let's wander over there. There's convenient parking out front - for my bike!

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More pre-Hays Office movies at the Columbia:

1920

1918