A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 01, 2012
“A theater without beer is just a museum”

"A theater without beer is just a museum” is a quotation frequently credited to German playwright and director Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956). The quotation has become popular since 2002—well after Brecht’s lifetime. There is no evidence that Brecht said this or anything like it.


Wikipedia: Bertolt Brecht
Bertolt Brecht (German: [ˈbɛɐ̯tɔlt ˈbʁɛçt]; born Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht); 10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956) was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director.

An influential theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht made equally significant contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter particularly through the seismic impact of the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble – the post-war theatre company operated by Brecht and his wife, long-time collaborator and actress Helene Weigel.

Google Books
Great Minnesota Taverns
By David K. Wright and Monica G. Wright
Black Earth, WI: Trails Books
2002
Pg. 110:
As Bertold Brecht is quoted, “A theater without beer is just a museum.”

Google News Archive
13 May 2004, The Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, MO), “letters from Home” by Sam Blackwell, pg. 2A, col. 1:
Members of the Ragtag Film Society take their motto from Bertolt Brecht, who among other things said theater without beer is just a museum. They believe in serving food with their movies, too.

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Rebel Yell
04-14-2005, 12:25 AM
Some Humorous One Liners
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A theater without beer is just a museum.

CinemaTech
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Sundance panel: `Going, Going Gone? The Culture of Moviegoing’
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Someone in the audience from the Ragtag Cinemacafe in Missouri quotes Bertold Brecht: “A theater without beer is just a museum.”

Seattlest
Brews & Bards: Beer for the Stage
By Omar Willey in Arts & Events, Food on May 19, 2011 3:00 PM
Bertolt Brecht once said glibly that a theater without beer is just a museum. The people at Emerald City Scene have taken the master at his word with their production of Brews & Bards, which plays at the Center House at Seattle Center concurrently with Seattle Beer Week.

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A theater without beer is just a museum. - Funny Printed Coffee Mug [BLK3382]
by Mugz Game
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Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Sep 2011

Brewvana
Haymarket is Saaz-alicious and other good things
Posted on November 18, 2011 by J
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With the theatre on premises for performances, I was reminded of Bertoldt Brecht’s quote: “Theatre without beer is just a museum.” Indeed, many brewpubs are more like museums, but Haymarket–as is the case with some of my other favorite breweries–has a deeper sense of life contained within. I was not sipping brews in a museum. I was living on a deeper level of performance art.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • (0) Comments • Saturday, September 01, 2012 • Permalink