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Free Movies Entice Young Fundraisers

A rowdy group of children show off for the camera in front of the Castle Theater in downtown Bloomington in this unpublished photograph from June 29, 1944. In partnership with The Pantagraph, the Castle, Esquire, and Normal theaters welcomed twin city youngsters to a free show that day to kick off a war bonds sales contest in which top-selling children won movie passes. Like many businesses during the Jim Crow era, local theaters including the Castle, were racially segregated. Black patrons, like the children seen here, viewed the show from a separate (but not equal) section of the balcony. This image has been recently digitized by the McLean County Museum of History thanks to an Illinois State Libraries Cyber Grant. More images can be found at

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