Document: dbr088 [view transcript]
Letter: Macon, Georgia to Ben Stein, Macon, Georgia, 1927 Sept. 29
author: Rossignol, Louis M.
extent:  p.
date: September 29, 1927
summary: Letter from Louis M. Rossignol to Ben Stein, owner and manager of the Douglass Theatre, dated September 29, 1927, offering a theater for sale. Rossignol complains that he was persuaded to open up a "colored" cinema at Vineville Branch by a party who agreed to manage the theater but then abandoned the business. Rossignol explains that he personally could not devote the time necessary to run the venture. He discloses that earnings were around $75.00 a day when he was on the job, but that the profit decreased after he left. Rossignol suggests that Stein might be interested in operating the theater as a second-run "colored" house and adds that he will sell Stein the equipment below cost. He adds that the license is paid for the rest of the year and that the rent is $35.00 per month. Rossignol notes that the theater is fully equipped and can be used immediately. He further offers to sell Stein his equipment if he is interested and says he would like to meet with him. He advises Stein that he can be reached at the Phoenix Hotel, but that he will call Stein if he is out when Stein tries to contact him.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
Page:  [view image]
[Note: This document contains typewritten, handwritten, and printed text.]
[typewritten text: Sept. [September] 29th. 1927
Some few weeks before you came to Macon, very much against my own will, I was persuaded by a party to open up a colored picture show at Vineville Branch.
This is very much out of my line and this party agreed to run the place and put in half of the money, after closing up for same, this party had an offer out of the City which appealed to him more and left me with the show. I am not a picture show man and never was, but I endeavored to try it out for a while, but it was impossible for me to devote my time to same and as my other interest demanded my entire attention. Hence I gave it up. I will say this that the first month or six weeks that I remained with it and on the job, it was paying, doing around $75.00 per day, but after I left, it went off to nothing. I thought probably that you may be interested and operate it as a second run colored house. I will sell you the equipment much less than what it cost me. The license is paid for the rest of the year and the rent is $35.00 per month. You know what your pictures will cost you and I firmly beleive [believe] that you can get good returns on your money. The house is fully equipped and can be started immediately.
Have never had thepleasure [the pleasure] of meeting you, but would like very much to do so. If you are interested, you may reach me at the Phoenix Hotel at any time during the day. Should I be out leave word and I will call you.
If you are interested in any way I will sell you my equipment, as I said above at a rock bottom price and make the terms to suit and it wont take much to do it. With kind regards, I am,
Yours very truly,]
[Signed] [written text: Louis M Rossignol]
[typewritten text: Louis M. Rossignol.]