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The PekinThe Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black-Owned Theater$
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Thomas Bauman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038365

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038365.001.0001

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Motts’s Last Years

Motts’s Last Years

(p.114) Chapter 5. Motts’s Last Years
The Pekin

Thomas Bauman

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Robert T. Motts's last years and how the Pekin Theater fared after his death in 1911. It first considers the competition faced by the Pekin during the period from other theaters on The Stroll, including the New Grand Theater and the Frank L. Gale Piano Company, and goes on to discuss Motts's efforts to ensure that his theater's position at the top of The Stroll was not just a matter of geography but also one of prestige, popularity, and profitability. It then examines Jesse A. Shipp's musical comedies written for the Pekin, including The Lime Kiln Club, as well as the songs that figured prominently in his shows for the theater. It also describes the closure of the Pekin after Motts's death and its resumption of operations on September 5 with a five-act melodrama called Tallaboo, followed by other shows such as “Dixie” musical comedies.

Keywords:   musical comedies, Robert T. Motts, Pekin Theater, The Stroll, New Grand Theater, Frank L. Gale Piano Company, Jesse A. Shipp, The Lime Kiln Club, songs, Tallaboo

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