Well, Vaudeville or Variety theaters were the main entertainment in Canada and the USA in the early 1880's and late 1930's. It consisted in a show of many acts (often non related to each other) performed on stage, such as imitators of both genders, dancers, musicians (classical and popular), trained animals, comedians, acrobats, magicians, single act plays or a couple of scenes from a play, athletes, street singers, short films and even lectures given by celebrities! There could also be freak shows, horror circus, cheap museums and burlesque literature readings.
In France, however, Vaudeville was a very popular poetry and dramatical composition gender.
1929's Great Depression, the rise of radio and television contributed to the decline and, finally, the disappearance of the Vaudeville.