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Amuses

59 Pollock Street, New Bern, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 11/4/1907* - 7/12/1910*
Performance Types illustrated songs , movies , vaudeville
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Racial Policy
Description
NotesNew owners and renovations announed on May 2, 1908; For the 1908 election, the Amusea was open "all night" showing election returns on its canvas via a steropticon (Short passing events, New Bern Weekly Journal, November 4, 1908, p. 4); so popular that some young people were said to have "Amusitis" (Short passing events, New Bern Daily Journal, January 22, 1910, p. 4) and be "Amusianiacs" (ibid, January 28, 1910, p. 4); hand-tinted "colored films" shown in 1908; labeled as "Moving Picture Show" in Sanborn map in September 1908; Mr. Hoge used Amusea to deliver sermon on 'Gambling in Society in New Bern' on Fri. May 1, 1908); Closed for a week in Oct 1910 due to inability to "secure a good vaudeville team" (Short passing events, New Bern Daily Journal, October 20, 1910, p. 4)
Building Notesalso referred to as Amusea; "the store formerly occupied by Messrs Barfoot" (Short passing events, New Bern Daily Journal, October 11, 1907, p. 4); three additional ventilators installed in auditorium (Short passing events, New Bern Daily Journal, March 27, 1908, p. 4); glass front replaced with electric arch and auditorium enlarged (Short passing events, New Bern Daily Journal, March 28, 1908, p. 4); renovations accompanied new ownership (Short passing events, New Bern Daily Journal, May 3, 1908, p. 4); "several new machines" installed in operating room (Short passing events, New Bern Daily Journal, January 11, 1910, p. 4); large electric sign installed at entrance (Short passing events, New Bern Daily Journal, January 19, 1910, p. 4); floor inclined and curtain whitened (Short passing events, New Bern Daily Journal, February 3, 1910, p. 4); green baize with several matching art squares (Short passing events, New Bern Daily Journal, February 20, 1910, p. 4); electric fans installed (Short passing events, New Bern Daily Journal, May 3, 1910, p. 4); all "furnishings and appurtences" were removed from theater and stored (Short passing events, New Bern Daily Journal, December 10, 1910, p. 4); building to be renovated and converted to a mercantile firm to be opened in 1911 (Short passing events, New Bern Daily Journal, December 13, 1910, p. 4); building converted to "a men's haberdashery establishment" opened on March 12, 1912 by Messrs. A. T. Willis & Company (Short passing events, New Bern Weekly Journal, March 12, 1912, p. 1)
Associated Persons
Associated Organizations
NameRelationship
F. M. Tisdale Amusement Company unknown
New Bern Amusement Company unknown
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Newspaper Clippings

  1. Short passing events - Amuses - company
    New Bern Daily Journal - 10/11/1907
    Tags: company; notable; renovation; storefront theaters; vaudeville
  2. He that knows, and knows that he is wise - follow him to the 'Amusea' - Amuses
    New Bern Daily Journal - 1/3/1908
    Tags: religious films
  3. No reason on earth why you should not see those beatuiful colored films at Amuses tonight - Ad
    New Bern Daily Journal - 4/8/1908
    Tags: color films; music
  4. Amuses: New Ownership and Renovations
    New Bern Daily Journal - 5/3/1908
    Tags: company; manager; renovation; vaudeville
  5. Short passing events - Amuses
    New Bern Weekly Journal - 11/4/1908
    Tags: actualities; hours of operation; notable
  6. Short passing events - Amuses
    New Bern Weekly Journal - 11/17/1908
    Tags: actualities
  7. Ad, "Extra! Extra! Preliminary fights: Johnson vs. Jeffries" - Amuses
    New Bern Daily Journal - 5/17/1910
    Tags: actualities; admission price; hours of operation; promotions
  8. Short passing events - The Amusea has been leased - Amuses
    New Bern Daily Journal - 11/5/1910
    Tags: manager; renovation
  9. Short passing events - The Amuses will be closed
    New Bern Daily Journal - 12/8/1910
    Tags: closing; music

Periodicals

  1. New Year at the Amusea - Amuses
    New Bern Daily Journal - 1/1/1910
    Tags: music; promotions