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The Soul of PleasureSentiment and Sensation in Nineteenth-Century American Mass Entertainment$
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David Monod

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702389

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702389.001.0001

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Art with the Effervescence of Ginger Beer

Art with the Effervescence of Ginger Beer

The Creation of Vaudeville

(p.171) Chapter 6 Art with the Effervescence of Ginger Beer
The Soul of Pleasure

David Monod

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents the account of Tony Pastor, “the first man to put into practice a theory, that of giving a clean performance, eliminating all objectionable and obscene language and action, so that the ladies and children could attend [a variety theater].” Police raids that destroyed concert saloons helped drive many of their owners in the same direction as Pastor. Saloon managers in the 1860s and 1870s cleaned up their houses, did away with their barrooms, and turned their businesses into proper theatres. By 1885, the country's leading entertainment directory counted fifty regular variety theatres that were not associated with barrooms.

Keywords:   Tony Pastor, concert saloons, variety theatres, barrooms, proper theatres

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