One big thing I really miss these days when going to the movies, besides actually going to the movies, is a cartoon before the feature.
These 7-8 minute animated gems were a mainstay at almost all movie theatres for decades.
Regardless of the feature playing, cartoons got the audience into a good mood to settle in and watch the main attraction.
High costs eventually brought cartoon production to a screeching halt, but I can't think of any reason why theatres couldn't add previously-seen cartoons to their programs today.
In their heyday, many cartoons had their own posters theatres used to promote their showings. That's how important the animated shorts were to audiences of old.
|Generic WARNER BROS. cartoon
|Generic POPEYE / PARAMOUNT cartoon
|Generic WOODY WOODPECKER / UNIVERSAL
|Generic CASPER / PARAMOUNT cartoon
|Generic FLIP THE FROG / MGM cartoon
Many cartoons had their own posters.
|THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
|AFRICA BEFORE DARK
|SPRINGTIME FOR PLUTO
|POPEYE THE SAILOR MEETS SINDBAD
|LITTLE RURAL RIDING HOOD
|BOSKO AND THE PIRATES
|DER FUEHRER'S FACE
|THE TWO MOUSEKETEERS
|MR. MOUSE TAKES A TRIP
|SWING SHIFT CINDERELLA
|GOOFY AND WILBUR
|THE TRIAL OF DONALD DUCK