Answer to Question #79212 in Other History for Jordan Johnson
In what ways did the decline of the movies in the 1950s have to do with the reorganization and suburbanization of American cities?
The decline of the movies in the 1950s was affected by changes in living patterns, for instance, in the trend toward suburbanization, and competition from other leisure activities such as sports and travel. Also, the producer was free to organize and shoot the movie on his own, turning over the finished product to United Artists for distribution. Changes in the 1950s brought a share of instability, unemployment, even panic; however, the film decline pushed the industry toward a different, more entrepreneurial, model of filmmaking.