In those days barn theaters were called touring talkies. There will be a big screen. Old pictures will run. Until the 80s and 90s, the theaters we enjoyed were touring talkies. The feeling of clapping and enjoying the films of many leading actors like MGR, Shivaji, Jaishankar, Rajini, Kamal from here is amazing.
For the farming class and construction workers who have worked hard in the sun all day, come here and collect sand and sit on it to watch movies. When the film is running here, idols are put up. That’s advertising. If there is a good sale for the big stores nearby, they will put idols in this theater during the intermission.
That’s all right. Do you know how these touring talkies got their name? In the early period, cinema came as mere silent films that did not speak. Then came the background music. This is how Charlie Chaplin films came about. Over time, talking films with subtitles started appearing in the cinema. When the people of that time saw this, they were surprised that the people in the cinema were talking to us. That’s why they called talkies.
With the idea of going from town to town and showing it to everyone, they rolled up the big screen and the tent and went on a tour from town to town and pitched a tent among the people and showed the film. This is what Touring Talkies has evolved into over time. During the non-TV period, these theaters are the most crowded.