Newpaper Article about Coalfield Jamboree opening.
Landau Eugene Murphy, jr's (Logan, WV resident) first show at the Coalfield Jamboree subsequent to winning America's Got Talent. Photo courtesy of WVOWRadio.com
Backstory and Context
The opening show was on October 16, 1938 with Bing Crosby's "Sing You Sinners." It replaced the much smaller Logan Theatre, which only had 400 seats in its auditorium. The Jamboree has 1,180 seats, with one hundred of them being balcony seats located next to the restrooms. That balcony was constructed for African-Americans, and they had to use the bathrooms on the top and were not allowed to use bathrooms on the bottom floor. Now, the restrooms on the second floor are the public restrooms, while the first floor bathrooms are the handicap bathrooms.1
While the Coalfield Jamboree has hosted a plethora of events including internationally recognized musicians, high school theater productions, and local church events, the venue has had only had three different performances that were sellouts. The three were as follows: The Crabb Family, George Jones, and Billy Ray Cyrus.