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The Grand Opera House and the Golden Age of the Legitimate Theatre in Kansas City
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TitleThe Grand Opera House and the Golden Age of the Legitimate Theatre in Kansas City
AbstractHistory of the Grand Opera House and its many plays, famous actors such as Ethel Barrymore and George M. Cohan, early movies, cycloramas, and other entertainment, etc., from 1891 to 1926, at 7th and Walnut Streets, with photos and illustrations. Also portrait and biographical information about its co-founder and sole owner after 1901, Abraham Judah, born in 1848 and "arriv[ing] in Kansas City in 1883 along with 'the Wild Man of Borneo.'"
NotesPages 408-409: "[Abraham] Judah arrived in Kansas City in 1883 along with 'the Wild Man of Borneo,' whom he was showing in a rented 'museum.' Adding to his collection of freaks and expanding his theatrical interests to include within the year the founding of the first stock company in Kansas City, Judah, in 1885 opened a cyclorama illustrating the Battle of Gettysburg. The enterprise proved so successful that he built a small auditorium to house it, naming it the Midland. In 1888 he formed a partnership with M. H. Hudson, previously manager of the Coates Opera House. Together they operated the Ninth Street Theatre for combination companies at popular prices, a venture that soon required larger quarters. The Midland was thus razed and on the site Hudson and Judah constructed the Grand [Opera House or Grand Theater, in 1891]."
AuthorMiles W. Coiner
DateApril//1973
SourceMissouri Historical Review
LocationPeriodical
Volume67
Number3
Page407-423
Local SubjectTheaters
Grand Opera House
Judah, Abraham
Cyclorama
IllustrationsNo
Item TypeMagazine Article
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Item ID102087
CONTENTdm number13197
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