Bird Cage Theatre
SELF GUIDED TOURS
Hours: Daily 9 am - 6 pm.
NIGHTLY GHOST TOURs
HOURS: DAILY 6:15 PM - 8 PM.
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PHONE: 520-457-3421 ADMISSION: $20
Many famous and notorious legends frequented the Bird Cage. Performers such as Lillian Russell, Lotta Crabtree, and Eddie Foy Sr. have performed on the stage along with Fatima, the belly dancer. Others like the Clantons, Earps, Bat Masterson, Doc Holliday and even Pete Spence, laid down many silver coins for a shot of whiskey. The basement was set up as a poker room and where the story is told that the longest-running poker game in history was played there. This game was played 24 hours, and apparently lasted eight years, five months, three days, with over 10 million dollars exchanging hands. Some of the participants were Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Diamond Jim Brady, and George Hearst, with the house getting 10 percent of the profits. The game ended when the ground water seeped into the mines, flooding many of the buildings. In 1889 the town went bust, along with the Bird Cage Theatre and the building had to be closed.
More than 50 years later, in 1934, the Bird Cage reopened as a tourist attraction with everything still in place. It is one of Tombstone's best-preserved pieces of history. Walk through the theaters’ doors and it feels like you’ve stepped back in time. The red-draped, gold-trimmed balcony boxes (called “cribs”) are still intact, as are the stage curtains, bar, paintings, piano, jukebox, and card-laden poker tables.