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Tombstone, AZ - Birdcage Theatre

The famous Birdcage Theatre opened its doors on December 25, 1881, and for the next eight years would never close, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Also called the Bird Cage Opera House Saloon, the establishment featured a saloon, gambling parlor, theatre, and a brothel. In no time, the "theatre” gained a reputation as one of the wildest places in Tombstone, so bad that the few self-respecting women in town refused to even walk near the place. The New York Times reported in 1882, that "the Bird Cage Theatre is the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast."

During the years that the theatre was open, the wicked little place witnessed a number of gun and knife fights that took some 26 lives and left 140 bullet holes in the ceilings, walls, and floors, many of which can still be seen today.
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Tombstone, AZ - Birdcage Theatre