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December 30, 2009

Vaudeville At Nominal Cost at Liberty Threatre

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 11:04 pm

The Deming Headlight Newspaper reported that on June 28, 1918, A. J Hawley, manager of the “Liberty Theatre” at Camp Cody started signing up high class vaudeville acts for the soldiers. He expects the first show within the next two weeks. Allen Paulson, the publicity man of the Liberty Theatre, is issuing a handsome four-page program from the Deming Headlight newspaper job department, and these programs will be sent to the headquarters of the Smileage department at Washington and they will also be sent to the home towns of the men who are stationed at Camp Cody,  in order that the people back there may see the nature of the entertainments that are being provided for their boys in camp.

Since the opening of the “Liberty Theatre” at Camp Cody there have been 60,000 admissions to the performances and of these over 90 per cent have been by Smileage coupons. These coupons are sold all over the country and they permit the soldiers to see five performances for $1 worth of Smileage coupons, or at the rate of 20 cents per show. A campaign is now being waged to have the parents and friends of soldiers to buy the Smileage books and send them to the soldiers, in order that they may enjoy the best dramatic performances at a merely nominal cost. The “Liberty Theatres” are not a profit making concern, they just want to break even.

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