Cupcakes cassidy stripper. Burlesque started to become popular after the decline of Vaudeville in the s with the coming of talking motion pictures. In a plebiscite on December 5,Torontonians voted overwhelmingly—83, votes to 46, votes—in favour of allowing movies and theatrical shows on Sundays. The debate thrust burlesque into the mainstream public eye and popularized the theatres, but the momentum could not be sustained. City of Toronto Archives, SeriesItem Every Saturday at noon, Historicist looks back at the events, places, and characters—good and bad—that have shaped Toronto into the city we know today. Dixie Evans. Click here to learn more. Ironically, the months of moralistic public debate aroused the interest of press and public in the striptease and booming business for burlesque theatres.