The Georgia Theatre, "Cooled By REFRIGERATION," offered as their "Labor Day Treat To You" the movie Sporting Blood, starring Robert Young and Maureen O'Hara. The promotional poster promised "Romance in the land of hoss-feuds!" and "Photo-finish excitement!"
The Palace Theatre, merely "AIR CONDITIONED," offered the movie My Love Came Back, starring Olivia De Havilland and Jeffrey Lynn, with Eddie Albert and Jane Wyman. The movie is called "The Freshest Thing in Years!" and included the tempting synopsis of "Malicious Gossip! Lovers Part! Things Happen!" It also promised to "Laugh Your Blues Away."
Air conditioning in public buildings, such as movie houses, was still a relatively new experience. Willis Carrier first patented his "Apparatus for Treating Air" in 1906, and created the larger machines capable of cooling large public buildings in 1922. The first air conditioning units in the south had been installed in movie theatres in Dallas and Houston, Texas by the Carrier company in 1924.
In 1940, most homes did not have air conditioning, and it was often as much of an attraction as the movie, shorts, and newsreels themselves. Both the Palace and Georgia theatre names in their ads are illustrated to appear to be covered in frost and snow.
The Georgia Theatre is currently being rebuilt, but the Palace Theatre on College Avenue was eventually razed. In its location now is the College Avenue parking deck(pdf).
- Athens Banner-Herald, Aug. 1940 - Dec. 1940 on Microfilm in the Heritage collection.
- 1940 Athens City Directory in the Heritage collection.
- A Postcard History of Athens, Georgia by Gary L. Doster in the Heritage and general collections.
- Athens, Georgia: A Pictorial History by James K. Reap in the Heritage and general collections.
- Patriotic Holidays of the United States by Helene Henderson in the Reference collection.
- Wobblies! A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World by Paul Buhle in the graphic novel collection.
- You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet: The American Talk Film, History and Memory 1927-1949 by Andrew Sarris in the general collection.
- The Whole Film Sourcebook by Leonard Maltin in the general collection.
- Encyclopedia of Hollywood by Scott Siegel in the Reference collection.
- Refrigeration: Home and Commercial by Edwin P. Anderson in the general collection.
- National Geographic: The Book of Inventions by Ian Harrison in the general collection.
- The Timetables of Technology by Bryan Bunch and Alexander Hellemans in the general and Reference collections.