Inside The Bird Cage Theatre, one of the country’s most haunted places

Take a look inside the Bird Cage Theatre!

The Birdcage Theatre in Tombstone, AZ has its grand opening on Dec. 24, 1881. It gained a reputation as one of the wickedest theaters between New Orleans and san Francisco. For eight years, From 1881 to 1889, The Bird Cage Theater operated continuously , 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Legend has it that 26 people were killed in the Theater over the years. There are over 140 bullet holes that still remain in the building. In addition to the bullets, visitors and employees have reported seeing the spirits of former prostitutes and men in cowboy hats. Some claimed to have been touched or pushed by unseen forces at night and the sound of laughter and music heard near the stage.

Lottie and William Hutchinson opened The Bird Cage Theatre in 1881. Hutchison, a variety performer, intended to present respectable family shows like he’d seen in San Francisco that were thronged by large crowds. When The Bird Cage opened, they hosted a Ladies Night for the respectable women of Tombstone, who could attend for free. The economics of Tombstone didn’t support their aspirations. They soon canceled the Ladies Night and began offering entertainment that appealed to the rough mining crowd.

In the basement, a poker room was the site of the longest-running poker game in history. Played continuously twenty-four hours a day for eight years, five months, and three days, As much as $10,000,000 changed hands during the marathon game, with the house retaining 10 percent. Some of the participants were Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Diamond Jim Brady, George Hearst, and Adolphus Busch of the Busch Brewery.

Since 1934, the Bird Cage has become a tourist attraction and is open to the general public year-round.  It was featured in the paranormal investigation shows Ghost Hunters in 2006, Ghost Adventures in 2009 and 2014, Ghost Lab in 2009, and Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files in 2010.

Visit the Bird Cage Theatre and more during the upcoming Doc Holli-days!