Victoria Theatres and the “Flu Ban” of 1918

The Daily Colonist October 9 1918

Now showing, a four-reel melodrama of adversity against all odds…

The place and the time: Victoria B.C. in Fall 1918, the fourth year of the Great War.

The stars: Two teenage sisters working as theatre ushers to help support the family while Dad is away at war and a widowed mother and her school-aged children who love coming “down town” to see the moving picture shows.

Suddenly, in the face of an epidemic of world-wide proportions, the doors to the theatres are shut indefinitely. What will happen?

First, we see the shows and meet the audience at the playhouses….