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King Dodo: 1910

King Dodo: 1910

1910. "French Opera House, New Orleans." Coming March 20: "King Dodo," a "phosphoronic comedy opera." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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King Dodo

A synopsis of the plot of King Dodo, along with some other information.

Only 9 years to go

Opening in 1859 and fast becoming the social hub of New Orleans, the French Opera House on Bourbon at Toulouse Street was destroyed by fire on the night of December 4, 1919. The Four Points Sheraton Hotel now occupies the site.

Hear the Eminent Doctor Fizz!

A recording of "Gems from King Dodo," recorded in 1912.

How odd

Not a sign of life.

[There's at least one ghost. -tterrace]

In need of paint?

Can someone explain whether the upper story is in need of a paint job, or if the finish shown is some New Orleans distressed style of decorating?

While we're at it, is this interesting building still standing?

Fire escapes?

I count two fire escape landings, both sharing the same vertical ladder. Not very reassuring in the event of a fire during a packed house.

Let's hope the back of the opera house featured multiple fire escapes with wide, steel staircases instead of ladders. Right.


If you're gonna have an 'Opera House', you're gonna need an 'Opera Saloon'.

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