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COATES OPERA HOUSE
To encourage attendance, Morris had electric fans installed through the theater to ensure cool temperatures in the summer. On announced days, ladies were admitted to any part of the theater for ten cents. Children could attend for five cents. (2) On December 22, 1902 one lady was admitted free for each paid reserved ticket. (3)
Morris opened the theater to other events as well. In 1901 the Iowa Dairymen Convention was held there in November. (4) However, not even the Military band which drew a crowd outside, could persuade their audience to attend a political debate in November 1902. Better luck attended a performance of the Fays, a group of mindreaders, who performed in January 1903.
The announcement was made in July, 1903 that the Telegraph-Herald Company had signed a lease on the building. It was the intention of the management to move into the building during the fall. Plans called for extensive renovation including additional floors in the four story building and new machinery. Breaking with the tradition of having the presses in the basement, the new office of the newspaper would install the presses on the main floor. (5) This never took place.Harker Brentnal SPENSLEY, Sr., Charles H. EIGHMEY and James WOODWARD and began the process of constructing a vaudeville business. Rosenthal, known nationally for his business success, introduced talking movies to Dubuque, with a movie starring Al Jolson. He was also on a first name basis with such international stars as Joe FRISCO and escape artist Harry Houdini.
1. "It is Now Riverside Park," The Dubuque Herald, June 7, 1900, p. 3
3. "City in Brief," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, December 20, 1902, p. 5
4. "The Second Day," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, November 13, 1901, p. 3
5. "Gets a New Home," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, July 2, 1903, p. 3
6. "New Bijou Theatre Building Which Was Destroyed by Fire at Early Hour Thursday Morning," The Telegraph Herald, April 8, 1910, p. 1