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Turner Hall-Vaudeville House-1905


Posted By: cheryl Locher moonen (email)
Date: 9/17/2019 at 07:47:44

Ottumwa Semi-Weekly Courier, Tuesday, Jan 17, 1905, Ottumwa, IA, and Page: 8

Building Has Been Leased for a Term
of Ten Years by Bert Cristy, Formerly
of Cedar Rapids Two Programs
Nightly Popular Prices
Continuous vaudeville shows are to be put at the Turner Hall by Bert Cristy, of Cedar Rapids. Mr. Cristy has just closed a lease for the use of Turner Hall building for one year, with the option of continuing the arrangement for a period of ten years.

Shows will be given every evening during the week, except Sunday and on Saturday afternoon a matinee will be given. The program will be given twice each evening and there will be a distinct charge of program in the middle of each week. The house is to be run at popular prices, ten cents being the general admission and twenty five cents for reserved seats. The matinee prices will be five cents for children and ten cents for general admission.

On Western Vaudeville Circuit

Mr. Cristy states that the house is to be on the Western Vaudeville and the Iowa and Illinois circuits. The people who come to the house will be largely from the Keith circuit in the east and from Crystal circuit on the west. The shows are to be neat and refined and the tastes of women and children are to be largely catered to.

Now Resident of the City

Mr. Cristy has moved to this city with the intention of making it his permanent home. He has been connected with road shows for the past fourteen years and has been interested in local houses in St. Joseph and in Kansas City. He states that he will thoroughly refit and refurbish the Turner Hall and put it in the best possible condition. He believes there is a splendid field for such an amusement house in Ottumwa and will give the city the best that can be procured in that line.


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