The popular Batman movies are of course based on Bob Kane’s comic book character which was in turn based on the 1926 mystery movie “The Bat” (which is in turn based on the 1920 Broadway play by the same name written by Mary Rinehart). Helen Morley, second from the right, thought it would be a great idea for her usherettes to swoop around in the dark Rialto Theatre bearing some resemblance to the dark star of the picture. Here they are in September daylight before a 35 cent matinee in 1926 with Helen, the chief usherette, the only one apparently smiling. Either she was the only one who thought the batgirl cowls were a good idea or she was the only one not in touch with her inner goth. Enjoy the movie!