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Series I. Correspondence, 1938-1951

Scope and Content Notes:

The correspondence of the Fulton Theater records contains letters and memos that help illustrate its day to day activities, operations, and business dealings with local advertisers, national film companies, competing movie houses, and other entities. The series has been arrainged into three parts. The first part contains internal correspondence and the second features external correspondence. The final part contains mass memos which were called "form letters".

Within each part of the internal and external correspondence, the letters are then arranged chronologically. The majority of the internal correspondence is between the theatre managers and other Shea-Chain Inc. or Jamestown Amusement Company personnel. In these documents many business subjects are discussed, such as: staffing decisions, budgeting, and advertising. The external correspondence is between the theatre management and the various film companies with which they conducted business. These letters discuss individual and package film contracts, revenue, and advertising rates. The form letters are usually addressed to "all managers" and contain information that was pertinent to all members of the company. For example, a form letter would be issued to inform managers about a method to advertise a particular film that has been successful in other towns, or, to remind managers of certain procedures that are not being followed.


Box 1
Folder 1-15 Correspondence, 1938 - March, 1942

Box 2
Folder 1-10 Correspondence, April, 1942 - 1944

Box 3
Folder 1-10 Correspondence, January, 1944 - 1946

Box 4
Folder 1-12 Correspondence, January, 1946 - June, 1948

Box 5
Folder 1-10 Correspondence, July, 1948 - December, 1949

Box 6
Folder 1-13 Correspondence, 1950 - May, 1951

Box 7
Folder 1 Best Years of Our Lives A-H, 1947
Folder 2 Best Years of Our Lives I-Z, 1947
Folder 3 Song of Bernadette, 1938-1945
Folder 4 Correspondence, undated
Folder 5 Telegrams, 1941
Folder 6 Telegrams, 1942-1943
Folder 7 Telegrams, 1944-1945
Folder 8 Telegrams, 1946-1947
Folder 9 Telegrams, 1948-1949