Document: dbr087 [view transcript]
Letter: Macon, Georgia to Ben Jaffe, Ensley, Alabama, 1927 July 29
author: Stein, Ben
extent:  p.
date: July 29, 1927
summary: Letter from Ben Stein, owner and manager of the Douglass Theatre, to Ben Jaffe, probably the owner of the Palace Theatre in Ensley, Alabama, dated July 29, 1927, responding to an offer from Jaffe to sell the Palace Theatre. Stein explains that he is not interested in buying another "colored" house at this time because business is bad all over and the purchase would involve high risk. He suggests that if the Palace Theatre is operating at a profit, he might consider a proposition on a lease basis with the privilege of buying equipment at a given time. See [dbr086] of the Douglass Theatre Web site for Jaffe's offer.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
Page:  [view image]
July 29th, 1927
Ensley, Ala. [Alabama]
We are in receipt of your letter of the 25thInst. [Instant] in regard to your theater.
I dont think we would be interested in buying another colored house at this time, business is so bad now all over that it is taking to [too] big a risk in any house and much more so with a colored house, although if you have your house operating on a paying basis at this time we might consider a proposition at this time. We would not consider buying straight out the only thing we would consider is a proposition on a lease basis with the privalege [privilege] of buying equipment at a given time.
Than ing [Thanking] you for your inquiry.
I beg to remain
Yours very truly