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THE YUCCA THEATRE

c. 1929
208 N Colorado St. Midland, Texas
Architects: Wyatt C. Hedrick and Co.

by Johnny Stucco
Photos courtesy of Tom Hosier

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Yucca Theatre Midland Texas
The Yucca Theater
Yucca Theater with historical marker
Yucca Theatre
Another view of the Yucca Theater
Oilman (and former Montana Senator) T. .S. Hogan announced the construction of the Yucca in 1927 and it opened in 1929. Despite the Great Depression, the theater did well - thanks to an entertainment-starved population.

The Yucca was designed to complement the Petroleum Building - also built by Hedrick. The style of the foyer's façade is Gothic, while the interior was done in the (then popular) Egyptian style. The interior was designed by H. B. Layman of New York.

The popularity of Egyptian decoration was attributed to a world-wide fascination with things Egyptian in the 20s after the discovery of the Tomb of King Tut just a few years before. The popularity of Egyptian winged suns and scarabs even extended to tombstones and funereal monuments.

© John Troesser

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