During the Great Depression, You Could Trade Goods for Tickets at the Barter Theatre

The Barter Theatre building in Abingdon, Virginia dates back to at least 1876. But it got its current name during the Great Depression. When it reopened its doors under new management in 1933, guests could purchase tickets to see plays by bartering with farm and garden goods, such as pickles and eggs. Paying in cash was an option, but, Atlas Obscura reports, 80% of guests paid in trade.

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The Barter Theatre became a media sensation and has thrived ever since, drawing famous actors to its stage, including Gregory Peck and Ernest Borgnine. It has an active show schedule and sees 160,000 visitors every year, although one can no longer buy tickets with chickens.

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Source: neatorama

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