Houdini’s Performances at Chase’s Vaudville Theatre in Washington

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In the first week of January, 1906, in Washington, D.C., Harry Houdini performed twice at police stations, once at a prison, and twelve times at Chase’s “Polite Vaudeville” Theatre. The price of admission for the vaudeville performances was 25 cents for matinees and weekday evenings, and 50 cents for weekend evenings. Benjamin Franklin (B.F.) Keith, who owned a number of East Coast theaters and who produced Keith’s Theatre News, owned Chase’s Theatre.^ Houdini returned to Washington, D.C., in late September, 1906, and performed for “an immense audience,” “the largest audience that ever crowded Chase’s Theatre.”

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