The movie created many expectations due to its setting. The setting gives the espectations of the hard life the newsies have. The theater gives the expectation of a good time but conflicts with the police coming. Also the courts bring an expectation of justice.
Many experiences came from the setting such as becoming a newsie.
The movie would be very different if it had a different setting. Jack would've never been in the pegatory if he wasn't in New York. Also the scene with the girl wouldn't have happened in a smaller city because they don't have flat roofs. Also if they weren't in New York, they won't have made enough money just selling papers.
The setting creates lots of symbols such as Santa Fe being the symbol of a perfect life. Also the statuses, big gates and mansion are symbols of power and money.