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Dixieland Theatre - Charleston, SC

Dixieland Theatre
616 King Street
Opened: c. 1913
Closed: c. 1921

The Dixieland Theatre was an African American burlesque and movie theater located between Columbus and Line Streets on upper King Street. It opened in 1913 under the management of John J. Miller.

The advertisement below promotes the "Manhattan Stock Company" of New York City. The show included B. E. Edwards, described as "The highest and sweetest of all and America's greatest negro tenor." Nettie Wesley, also pictured in the advertisement, is described as "That dainty singing, dancing soubrette." The advertisement proclaimed, "Pretty Girls, Funny Commedians, and the latest moving pictures."

On May 28, 1913, an advertisement in The Evening Post, announced the "Vaudefille for Colored People for this week" included Jackson & Brown. It indicated that "the baby performer of this team is alone worth the price of admission." The bill also listed Glenn & Glenn. Admission was ten cents for children and twenty cents for adults.

In January, 1921, Miller was elected secretary of the Theater Owners Booking Association (T.O.B.A.). This organization, based in Tennessee, tried to secure better conditions and bookings for African American performers. T.O.B.A. began with twenty theaters and expanded over the decade to include more than eighty theaters across the nation.

Around this time, Miller closed the Dixieland Theatre and opened the Milo Theatre in a building he purchased at 566 King Street.

The Charleston Evening Post - May 19, 1913

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