Meet the electrophone, the Victorian version of live-streaming

As the fight against COVID-19 continues, the plight of UK cinemas, which have faced terrible financial stress due to the lockdown, continues through the art world. Cinemas forced Close It has been closed since late March and, with a few exceptions. These venues have to decide whether reopening will be feasible after the latest lockdown eases, with very real potential for measures of real social continuity that make live performance virtually impossible.

Even after Britain came out of lockdown in the summer, ticket sales were limited and profits declined. Now, with the threat of a second lockdown in force and Christmas shows, the future of British theater remains highly doubtful.

Electrophone Hearing Salon at London Headquarters, Pelican House on Gerrard Street (circa 1903).  George R.  Sims (1847–1922)