Bird Cage Theatre, Knott's Berry Farm, 1954

Shows the cast of "The Streets of New York" from the opening season of the Bird Cage Theatre at Knott's Berry Farm, in 1954. The theater was intended to be a replica of the historic Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone, Arizona.


Postcard image from the Max Lee Barlow Collection.


There are no known copyright restrictions on this image. All future uses of this photo should include the courtesy line, "Photo courtesy Orange County Archives."

  • Zigamundus 4y

    Just amazing. My father was a Stage Manager/Lead actor here in the mid 1950's. My mother was a young actress who signed on, and they ended up having a daughter and son. (The son would

    Gotta love the Bird Cage!
  • lukesky5 4y

    To Whom It May Concern, Kathrine Dana-Shaw is the original Founder of the theater. She is my mother-in-law, and I have the documents to prove this very fact. Woody & Stu are NOT the "Founding Father's." Kathrine sold the theater to them after she met and married, C. Fulton Shaw (Old MacDonald) at Knott's, while he was running "Old MacDonald's Farm," and she had the theater during the same time.
    Would somebody please make note of this on the "Cage Page," please.

    If you have any questions regarding this:

    Thank You, Mark
  • Mach 17 4y

    I have such fond memories growing up in Lakewood during the late fifties and sixties. We would visit KBF once every month or so, (yes, really). Had a great time in the serenity of the park, until a gunfight would erupt, or the train would chug by its bell clanging, or the stagecoach would roll in with its team of horses snorting and steaming. The blacksmith and glass blower were always fun to watch. Getting to feed the seals, ducks, and fish. Maybe share a popcorn with my sister and a cold root-beer. I could spend hours in the rock shop. Oh, and "Rock Candy"! Occasionally we would catch the "Whip Master" demonstrating his prowess (and testing the courage of his beautiful assistant) with that loooooong whip. And then, once a year we'd get to see a play at the Bird Cage - my first introduction to melodrama and audience participation. The plays were always a great time - just too short (and why couldn't poor Miss Molly hear us warning her of the villain? ;-) So much fun at so little cost! I've only been back once since moving away forty years ago, and while some things remained, sadly others were gone. It's changed so much that I have no desire to visit again - my memories are better. THANK YOU! Mr. & Mrs Knott and the entire Knott family for allowing me and my family to experience such a wonderful place. A gift of memories to last a lifetime. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU from the original KBF.
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