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Agreement between the Theatre Owners Booking Association and Ben Stein, 1928 Feb. 14
author: Theatre Owners Booking Association; Stein, Ben; Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.)
extent:  p.
date: February 14, 1928
summary: Agreement between the Theatre Owners Booking Association (T.O.B.A.), a Tennessee-based booking agency from 1920 to the 1930s for African American vaudeville acts, and Ben Stein, owner and manager of the Douglass Theatre, pertaining to the scheduled appearance of Ma Rainey and the Paramount Flappers at the Douglass Theatre, dated February 14, 1928. Rainey, born in Columbus, Georgia, is known as "the Mother of the Blues." The agreement shows that the performance spans three days, March 5 to March 7, 1928, and indicates that the twenty-three performers will share fifty percent of the revenue as salary in addition to a five percent commission. The address for tickets is listed as Eighty-One Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Charles F. Bailey, known for being hard on performers, ran the white-owned Eighty-One Theatre, located on Decatur Street. The Douglass Theatre was a shareholder member of the circuit.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
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Date] [typewritten text: Feb. [February] 14th,] [printed text: 192] [typewritten text: 8]
[printed text: To]
[typewritten text: Mr. Ben Stein,
Douglass] [printed text: Theatre] [typewritten text: Macon] [printed text: City] Ga. [Georgia] [printed text: State]
3 days [printed text: [deleted text: Week of]] [typewritten text: MARCH 5th, 6th & 7th] [printed text: 192] [typewritten text: 8]
[printed text: Remarks:] [blank on form]