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250 S High St|
|Record #19372 |
Opened: November 2, 1914|
Closed: February 7, 1958
Capacity: 872 seats|
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Knickerbocker, Gayety|
Empress Theater, opened 11/2/1914, was renamed the Knickerbocker Theater 1/15/1916, and the Gayety in 11/22/1946. Demolished in 1983. Roy Rogers made an appearance in the theater May 21, 1939.
A paragraph in the October 18, 1919, edition of the Cleveland Advocate describes racial segregation at the Knickerbocker Theater in Columbus:
Knickerbocker Theater Discriminates
COLUMBUS, O. -- The Knickerbocker theater here insists on charging Colored people 20 cents for balcony seats -- the only portion of the house to which they are admitted, while charging white patrons but 15 cents for balcony seats. Then, to add insult to injury, the management compels Colored patrons to enter the balcony via the alley way, while the whites enter from the front lobby. And still our folks go!
Cleveland Advocate, Vol. 6 No. 24 Page 1, October 18, 1919.
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