a Rialto, Anyway?"
Theatres have just won the dubious distinction of
being America's most endangered buildings. Their spaciousness makes conversions
difficult and their thin brick walls also make them easy to tear down. While they
are still here -- here's a gallery of theatres that once dominated the town square
and had the largest electric bills in town. Here are the Arcadias, Rialtos, Majestics,
Paramounts, Texans, and Pioneers.
Cotton Pickin’ Theater by Bob Bowman 7-29-12|
Point, a small town of some 700 souls in northern Rains county..., a sturdy old
gin has found a new life as an entertainment venue that draws crowds from all
over East Texas and performers like Mark Chestnut, Pee Wee Walker, and Gary Busey.
learned from the silver screen by Britt Towery
I was fortunate to get an
early start on study of the history of the world. Every Saturday night mother
took my sister and I to a double-feature at the one-aisled Queen Theater on Brownwood’s
Center Avenue. If
It was a Fable, Let It Continue by Britt Towery
There was a certain pride
of station when I wore the maroon uniform of a Lyric Theater usher. That was a
time when theater ushers actually helped people find a seat during the film...
Did His Experiment at the State Theater and in the Name of The Enforcer by
There was a period where the use of the name Nelson was often
meant to bring respect and fear. At least there was one Nelson - Charles was his
name - whom everyone seemed to know was harmless... Most others, though, had the
reputation among us teenagers for being The Enforcers... Remembrances:
The Queen Theatre in Merkel, Texas or Reflections through a Dr. Pepper bottle
by Roger T. Moore The
Joy Theater of Shreveport by Billy B. Smith
I saw a photograph of it in
a history book about my hometown: the old Joy Theater on Texas Street. It is long
gone now, as many movie theaters from the 1950s are, but seeing the photo brought
back fond memories of my youth. The Joy was somewhat scandalous because of both
the types of movies it showed and because of the kinds of patrons it attracted...
Williams' Texas Director by Bob Bowman
Without the interest of an East
Texas woman, American theater icon Tennessee Williams might still be writing high
school plays in a small town.Hollywood
Soot by Audrey A. Herbrich
Photos by Boyd Photography, La Grange
Cozy Theater "had always been a town staple, not unlike cotton of the 40s,
Chicken Ranch hookers of the 60s, or oil of the 80s. It was a prime hot spot.
First dates, first kisses, first tastes of Cokes not from cans—all in the Cozy..."
"I would rather have a square inch of New York than all the rest
of the world." - Texas Guinan
Gene by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
Gene Autry the Singing Cowboy
and the Palace Theater in ChildressThe
Movies in 1930s Marlin A memoir by George LesterProfile
of an Actor: Maurice BarrymoreQuite
an Experience by Louise George ("History by George")
burned in Mena
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