One Night Only | America’s first black-owned theater in Bronzeville Reopens

Photo of Pekin Rag Sheet Music

One night only, the first Black-owned and operated Chicago theatre to reopen for an outdoor concert.   The Pekin Theatre located in the Bronzeville section of Chicago was  opened  by professional gambler, Robert Motts in 1904.   The outdoor concert, sponsored Illinois Humanities and Empty Bottle, an Evening at the Pekin Theater will feature ragtime pianist and MacArthur “genius” grantee Reginald Robinson and his band playing music from the Pekin’s active era, which lasted until 1916.  The concert will be held June 17, 2017 @ 7PM

Source: See a show on the site of America’s first black-owned theater in Bronzeville