Stage Door Canteen

Discussion in 'World War 2' started by CinnamonBear, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. CinnamonBear

    CinnamonBear New Member

    Just wondering if anyone else out there has a fascination with the Stage Door Canteen in New York City.

    As most of you know, it was run by the American Theatre Wing for the benefit of soldiers on leave, who could come in, have doughnuts, sandwiches and coffee, listen to a live (often famous) band and dance or talk all night with canteen volunteers.

    There was another version of this on the west coast--the Hollywood Canteen, which usually had a movie star or two among its volunteers every night.

    There have been very few books written about these two institutions, or their sister organization in London. It's a pity, because these groups were an important part of the era, and did a great service. They also make a great story!

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