First-class theatre

First-class theatre
   The most prestigious theatre in any town was the one that booked the top attractions for which the top prices could be charged for tickets, thus drawing the carriage trade. A large Midwestern city might have one or two first-class theatres while the others would be popular-price theatres. When the Theatrical Syndicate set out to gain control of the American theatre, they systematically got the first-class theatres into their orbit.

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