New York, October 1930 – Ruth Roland, foreground, retired cinema star, and Dorothy Lee in their seats at the 48th Street Theatre waiting for the opening night curtain to rise on The Pagan Lady.  This is the first time that an interior view of a theater audience has been taken amid the hustle and bustle of a typical first night crowd.  Even as this picture was taken the conclave of critics had gathered to give their preliminary ideas as to why they should turn ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’

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