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

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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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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 aswell 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 mainfloor and $1.00 in the boxes on the balconies. The ladies received a percentage of all the drinks they sold.
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There were fourteen cages or boxes on twobalconies 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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