Cinema scenes in Medan, 1920–1930
A 1931 report Small Island Markets for American Motion Pictures, written by the US Bureau of Commerce, wrote:
Motion pictures are fairly popular in North Sumatra among both the white and oriental elements of the population. There is at least one motion -picture house in practically every town of importance in the district . All these theatres are comparatively small, being generally equipped to seat from 300 to 500 persons. Shows are given twice daily, at 7 and 9 pm, Sundays included.