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The Bird Cage Theatre opened on December 26, 1881,
It was owned by Lottie and William "Billy" Hutchinson.

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Hutchinson, originally intended to present
respectable family shows like that he'd seen in
San Francisco.

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One of the first acts at the Bird cage was
Mademoiselle De Granville, also known as the
"Female Hercules" and "the woman with
the iron jaw". She performed feats of strength,
specializing in picking up heavy objects with
her teeth
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After the Theatre opened, they hosted a Ladies
Night for the respectable women of Tombstone,
who could attend for free.

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They soon canceled the Ladies Night and began
offering entertainment that appealed to the rough
mining crowd.

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Once inside, customers could buy a drink at the
long bar. The bar was made in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
There's a 45 caliber bullet hole with the bullet still
intact in one of the posts in the bar.

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Across from the bar hung a painting of buxom
belly-dancer Fatima in an exotic Oriental outfit.
The painting was given as a thank-you gift
from Fatima to the Bird Cage Theatre for
helping her to start her career.

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The main hall contained a 15 by 15 foot stage
about 5 feet above the main floor, and an
orchestra pit. The stage was lit by a row
of gas jets along the front side.

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There were fourteen cages or boxes on two
balconies on either side of the main hall.
These boxes, also known as cribs, featured
drapes that patrons could draw while entertained
by prostitutes.

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In the basement, a poker room was the site of
the longest-running poker game in history.
Played continuously twenty-four hours a day
for eight years, five months, and three days.
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The basement also has two more ornate
and expensive bordello rooms with more
high dollar escorts.

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Josephine Sarah Marcus worked as a performer as
well as an escort in the bordello room, she met
Wyatt Earp and they began their love affair.
She eventually became his third wife and they
were together for over 47 years.

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A dumbwaiter at the end of the bar was used to
hoist up the whiskey, beer and cigars to the male
customers in the cribs.Between acts, the dancing
girls in short dresses and low-cut necklines served
drinks and offered sex. Beer was 50 cents on the main
floor and $1.00 in the boxes on the balconies.
The ladies received a percentage of all the
drinks they sold.

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