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dc.contributor.other 2011-10-09_jfr en_US
dc.identifier.other r06_0540 en_US
dc.description Post Theater, opened March 13, 1902. From the Battle Creek Daily Moon, March 14, 1902, p. 7. Most successful indeed was the christening of the Post theater last Night. Everything went off smoothly as even Manager Smith could have asked and it is well known that Mr. Smith has taken as much time and thought over the getting ready of the place for its debut as would have done with a bright new baby. It has been as close and dear to Mr. Smith as a child of his own. Was a Social Event The opening was the social event of the season. Battle Creek's 400 turned out to the number of near 1,400 and but few seats in the house were left even at the high price which they were sold. Only a few of the seats in the extreme rear of the parquet were unoccupied… The body of the house with the balcony and gallery were crowded with the social leaders of the city. The scene was one of great beauty. The toilettes of the ladies with the many gay colors set off the handsome house in excellent style. The lighting was of the best and the body of the house looked like a garden of flowers to an observer in the rear… It is as well to say that the house has cost a little less than $50,000 of which over $25,000 was raised in cash by the voluntary action of stockholders who pushed the enterprise along. When finished the house will be bonded for about $ 22,000 to complete the cost of the building. Some $29,000 or $30,000 is raised as can be seen, from the takings of stock and the receipts of the previous night. The building is located at the corner of Jackson and McCamly streets on Land sold to the Battle Creek Theater company by Mr. C. W. Post. The ground area of the new house Is 72 by 110 feet and the company owns land enough so that there will be an alleyway completely around the house. This helps it to gain the fame of having more exits than any other theater in the country except McVickers at Chicago . There are 21 different ways for the people to get out of the Post theater and the architect figures that the house can be cleared in 100 seconds if the people take their time and do not start a stampede. These exits reach all parts of the house and very few people will be over thirty or forty feet from an outside door. Even the "gallery gods" have two exits to the outside air and do not have to come down the stairs through the body of the house... en_US
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dc.subject Theaters en_US
dc.subject Theaters - Post Theater en_US
dc.title r06_0540 en_US
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