The African American Theatre Directory, 1816-1960: A Comprehensive Guide to Early Black Theatre Organizations, Companies, Theatres, and Performing Groups

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GAINES BROTHERS' VARIETY PLAYERS COMPANY.SeeAppendix B(2) II.

GAITHER THEATRE.SeeAppendix AII.

GAYETY THEATRE, Waco, TX. Black-oriented theatre of the 1920s. Owned by W. H. Leonard. One of the orig. theatres on the TOBA CIRCUIT, 1920s. Although this theatre was opened to Afr. Ams., white patrons were permitted to attend specially scheduled midnight shows, during which the theatre was closed to blacks.

GAY THEATRE.SeeAppendix AII.

GEM THEATRE. Three black-oriented theatres used this name, early 1900s. The 1Gem Th., Carroll, IA, was owned by Charles Luting. The 2Gem Th., Memphis, TN, was a vaudeville house controlled by blacks. Another 3Gem Th., located in Harlem, NYC, during the 1920s, was primarily a film house that catered to slum audiences and was noted for its unsanitary conditions.

GENUINE SOUTHERN SPECIALTY COMPANY.See GRAHAM'S SOUTHERN SPECIALTY COMPANY.

GEORGE & HART'S MINSTREL EXTRAVAGANZA. Minstrel troupe and show, active 1900/ 1901. Toured California under the proprietorship of J. Edward George and Gardner Hart. Among the performers were John Adams and his wife Ellie (sketch performers), * Harry Gilliam (stage manager), * Will Geoff

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