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When poured-concrete construction became THE quick and easy way to build large structures, around 1900, it was discovered that it was easier and cheaper to build stepped or inclined auditoriums and simply lay a slab for a stage floor then put a level stage on it. When sound movies started, in 1927, it became much less important for a stage to be raked, and for the maximum number of people to be able to see the stage, so the rake became less important.
But there had always been flat stages, too, in houses where the principal purpose of the stage was to be a speaking platform for orators. The public lecture is a form of entertainment we don't see anymore, its function having been taken over by TV.
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