Letter: Ensley, Alabama to Stein Enterprises, Macon, Georgia, 1927 July 25

Collection:
The Blues, Black Vaudeville, and the Silver Screen, 1912-1930s: Selections from the Records of Macon's Douglass Theatre
Title:
Letter: Ensley, Alabama to Stein Enterprises, Macon, Georgia, 1927 July 25
Creator:
Jaffe, Ben
Date of Original:
1927-07-25
Subject:
Theatre Owners Booking Association
Acquisition of property--Alabama--Birmingham
Motion picture theaters--Alabama--Birmingham
Theaters--Alabama--Birmingham
Vaudeville--Alabama--Birmingham
Theaters--Purchasing--Alabama--Birmingham
Theaters--Equipment and supplies
Sale of small businesses--Alabama--Birmingham
Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.)
Stein, Ben
Palace Theatre (Ensley, Birmingham, Ala.)
Location:
United States, Georgia, Bibb County, Macon, 32.84069, -83.6324
United States, Alabama, Jefferson County, Ensley, 33.5095505, -86.8861029
United States, Alabama, Jefferson County, Bessemer, 33.4017766, -86.954437
Medium:
letters (correspondence)
Type:
Text
Format:
image/jpeg
text/html
Description:
Letter from Ben Jaffe, probably the owner of the Palace Theatre in Ensley, Alabama, to Stein Enterprises, owner of the Douglass Theatre, dated July 25, 1927, advertising that the Palace Theatre in Ensley, Alabama is for sale. Jaffe inquires, since Ben Stein has recently taken over the Douglass Theatre, whether or not Stein Enterprises would be interested in adding more "colored" houses to their circuit. He describes the Palace Theatre and mentions that they play the T.O.B.A. circuit in conjunction with Bessemer, Alabama. Jaffe advises that the Ensley house is for sale and that the Bessemer house could probably be bought as well. He quotes the rent for the Ensley house and offers to make a "wonderful" proposition, assuring that Stein would make money. Jaffe asks for a quick reply and invites Stein to visit the Palace Theatre. See dbr087 of the Douglass Theatre Web site for Stein's reply.
Digital image and encoded transcription of an original manuscript, scanned, transcribed and encoded by the Digital Library of Georgia in 2005, as part of Georgia HomePLACE. This project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Local Identifier:
dbr086
Metadata URL:
http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/dtrm/id:dbr086
Digital Object URL:
http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/do:dlg_dtrm_dbr086
Bibliographic Citation (Cite As):
Cite as: [title of item], Theater Records Series, Charles Henry Douglass, Jr. Business Records, 1906-1967, Middle Georgia Archives, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.
Extent:
[1] p.
Manuscript held by the Middle Georgia Archives, Washington Memorial Library, Charles Henry Douglass, Jr. business records, 1906-1967, box 22, folder 223, document 12.
Holding Institution:
Middle Georgia Archives
Rights:

Page: [1]

[Note: This document contains typewritten, handwritten, and printed text.]

[printed text:
OWNED AND OPERATED BY STEEL CITIES AMUSEMENT CO. [COMPANY], INC. [INCORPORATED], BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
FROLIC THEATRE, BESSEMER, ALA. [ALABAMA] PALACE THEATRE, ENSLEY, ALA. [ALABAMA]
Palace Theatre
AVE. [AVENUE] D BETWEEN 18TH AND 19TH ST. [STREET]
ENSLEY, ALABAMA]

[typewritten text: July 25th. 1927.
Stein Enterprises.,
Macon, Ga. [Georgia]
Gentlemen:
Since you have taken over the Douglas at Macon, you may be interested in adding more colored houses to your circuit in the South to strengthen your booking and etc. [et cetera]

We have here the Palace Theatre, which is a new houses [house] completed in August 1926 fully equiped [equipped] with 700 seats, simplex machines, reproduco pipe organ, full stage scenery and equipment, electric sign and in fact everything that you could possibly want for a theatre.

We also play the T. O. B.A. [Theatre Owners Booking Association] circuit running same in conjunction with Bessemer, Ala. [Alabama] They open the show with vaudeville. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and run pictures the last three days and we run pictures [deleted text: [unclear text: days]] [added text: Mondays] Tuesdays and Wednesdays and vaudeville Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays, which makes us split the bill giving the show three days in each town.

This Ensley house is for sale and the Bessemer house could probably be bought also, rent at Ensley is $235.00 a month with a lease of 4 years more and an additional option on 5 more years.

While it is hard to go into detal [detail] over a theatre, I believe if you are interested, we can make you a wonderful proposition on this house and am sure you will find it a money maker, especially if tied in with other theatres.

Will appreciate a line from you or rather still would like for you to come over and look the situation over.

Thanking you for an early reply by return mail, I am.

Yours truly.]
[Signed] [written text: Ben Jaffe]
[typewritten text: Palace Theatre.]

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