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“Most authentic”
Review of Bird Cage Theatre

Bird Cage Theatre
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Day trip to Tombstone Arizona and San Xavier Mission from Phoenix
Ranked #2 of 32 things to do in Tombstone
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Owner description: This one-time theater and brothel has been reincarnated as a museum.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Most authentic”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Depending on your taste and expectations, the Birdcage theatre may excite or disappoint you. Upon entering it, I certainly felt a little disappointed to see it run down and full of random, dusty, objects scattered around. However disappointment quickly turned into fascination when I realized that everything there is authentic and displayed in its naked reality, without pretenses or touristy dress-ups. Many items have never been touched since the days the theatre was open. This is the case of the piano, some other pieces of furniture, and even some personal items that were simply left behind by owners too eager to leave for more promising destinations. Walking around the there, you have the feeling that gamblers, actors and prostitutes have just left the day before, and you can almost hear the echoes of their voices resonating from those old walls. As others wrote, this is a time capsule. I found it very refreshing after visiting other places in town, that have a more cheesy, touristic feel.

Visited December 2012
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Dublin, Virginia
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“Only authentic thing we saw in Tombstone”
Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

If you want the real Tombstone of the 1880's, this is it. Unlike the other attractions in Tombstone... it's not recreated or restored...it's just preserved as it was. Go and learn the very very interesting history of the short few years it was open. Yes the wallpaper is peeling and everything is dusty and old and seemingly falling apart. But that is part of the reason this is the coolest and most historical place in Tombstone. The original furnishings and decor are all there in place just as it was back in the day when Doc Holliday worked the faro table. Lots of museum type items there to see. I love the old dustiness of the place but I do wish the various displays were more organized and in a separate area so that the theater itself could stand alone without all the extra clutter everywhere. But this place is truly an awesome place to visit. If you want to see cleaned up, renovated, recreated...go anywhere else in Tombstone and hit any of the numerous tourist traps. If you want to experience an authentic museum quality place then the Birdcage Theater is a must see.

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Sedro-Woolley, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We were their at night with lights out. Caught great EVP,s and pictures of orbs mists and even a face! Most thing are left the way they were back in the 1800's. Very cool! The place has many very interesting and thiller stories about it.

Visited October 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“This is Tombstone”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Thick with history, people running it were fun, loved the Gift Shop Lady, she made the trip. Loads of cool dusty stuff to look at, sorry we missed the Ghosts but I hear the Ghost tour is very good!

Visited January 2013
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Fort Worth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“The Birdcage Theater”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

This is a must see in Tombstone. I don't like museums but just so curious to see more history of this fascinating town. It felt like we walked into an attic of some hoarder. There are sewing machines, pianos coffins chairs, all kinds of old old artifact. In the basement are the actual remains of the brothel. You can still smell the tobacco from times long ago. There is dust everywhere, nothing is cleaned up, nothing labeled. Just a fascinating experience of being able to view this era. Well worth the $10.00 to visit. If you go to Tombstone this is a must see.

Visited January 2013
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