An early television from the late 1930's signaled an era when other forms of entertainment would be ended altogether or their popularity greatly reduced by the emerging television industry.
Vaudeville an entertainment form which consisted of singers, magicians, jugglers, dancers, comedians and too many other various acts to name them all died in the early 30’s when radio began broadcasting the same stars who had starred in vaudeville like Jack Benny, Fred Allen and Bob Hope over the airwaves.
Vaudeville, burlesque and movies were the main forms of entertainment in those days along with the Victrola phonographs which brought music into homes.
Television Killed The Radio Star
By the early 50’s television had emerged as a viable form of entertainment in the United States and the old time radio shows the listeners loved so much gradually began to disappear till the last shows left the air on September 30, 1962. Television had killed the radio star we had known from the late 20’s till 1962.
Television did use some of the same shows heard on old time radio with stars like Jack Benny broadcasting his show on radio and telecasting it on television.
Old Time Radio Favorites Showed Up On TV Screens
Shows like Gunsmoke, Dragnet, Our Miss Brooks, Amos and Andy, Life of Riley and Father Knows Best would become hit shows on television in the 1950’s.
Radio today consists mostly of radio and talk with varied formats like all rock, all country, all talk and all sports. Radio will probably never bring back the days of old time radio when you could listen to a show and use your imagination to picture the characters and the action taking place.
Less Time For Playing Records
Television may not have ended the playing of phonograph records in homes but it greatly reduced the time spent playing records since television was the new kid on the block and everyone wanted to take it for a test spin and kick the tires.
Questia.com has this to say about the falling movie attendance as television began to make its bid for movie viewers:
Television has probably had a greater impact on the motion
picture industry than on any other medium except radio. This effect
has been explored in many surveys, but it has been most impressively
recorded at the box office. Average weekly motion picture attendance
dropped from 82,000,000 in 1946 to 46,000,000 in 1955.
Burlesque shows were another victim of the new emerging television industry. These shows have spawned some of the stars in movies and television like Red Buttons who worked in both vaudeville and burlesque.
Television hasn’t completely killed off the drive-in movie but some states like Louisiana have no drive-in movies in operation today.
This video shows a drive-in movie that started operating in 1950 in Door County, Wisconsin and is still in operation today.
Drive-in movies and regular movie theaters today have been hurt by the sale of copies of movies on DVD that enable someone to sit in their own recliner and watch a movie at home and watch it again when they want on their own time schedule.
Television has almost ended burlesque shows completely but the walk-in and drive-in movies still are operating in smaller numbers. Movie theaters may always be with us because it is still the best place to take a date on a weekend night.