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Local plebiscites on the Sunday opening of cinemas (2551)

Type of Data: Local plebiscites on the Sunday opening of cinemas (2551)

Faith Community: General

Date: 1932-1939, 1945-1950

Geography: England (at least 87 towns and districts)

Population: Adults aged 21 and over

Keywords: Cinema, referenda, Sunday

Collection Method: Secret ballot

Collection Agency: Local authorities

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    BRIN ID: 2551


    The Sunday Public Entertainment Act 1932 legalized Sunday cinema subject to a process of local option. This provision remained on the statute book until the Sunday Cinema Act 1932 but was in abeyance during the Second World War. A provisional list of places in which plebiscites were held, with references to reports of results in the national press, may be found in Clive Douglas Field, ‘Non-Recurrent Christian Data’, Religion, Reviews of United Kingdom Statistical Sources, Vol. 20, ed. Wynne Frederick Maunder, Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1987, pp. 217-19

    Posted by: Clive D. Field

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