Beachfront Drive-In by Clint Skinner
History of drive-in theaters and the short lived beachfront drive-In
Short Reel Theater in Galveston, Texas
Cotton Pickin’ Theater by Bob Bowman
At 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.
Texas Theatre by Dana Goolsby
The crown jewel of Palestine, has been salvaged and reborn.
Making & Theatre Related Stories
Menken and the First Horse Opera by Clay Coppedge
Light in the Dark: a History of Movie Directors by David Thomson.
Review by Dr. Kirk Bane 3-1-23
Mineo: A Biography by Michael Gregg Michaud
Reviewed by Dr. Kirk Bane 2-1-23
Mitchum: Solid, Dad, Crazy by Damien Love
Reviewed by Dr. Kirk Bane 1-4-23
Friedkin Interviews Edited by Christopher Lane. Review by Dr.
Independent Film by Jessica Winter. Review by Dr. Kirk Bane
'62: the Greatest Year at the Movies by Stephen Farber and Michael
McClellan. Review by Dr. Kirk Bane
Seventies: The Decade that Changed American Film Forever by
Vincent Lobrutto. Review by Dr. Kirk Bane
Rider: 50 Years Looking for America by Steven Bingen. Review
by Dr. Kirk Bane
Midnight Cowboy by Glenn Frankel. Review by Dr. Kirk Bane
Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, the Making
of a Legendary Film by W.K. Stratton. Review by Dr. Kirk Bane
Stars of the Small Screen by Douglas Brode. Review by
Dr. Kirk Bane
Rough Guide to Westerns by Paul Simpson. Review by Dr. Kirk
Everybody's Talkin': The Top Films of 1965-1969 by Barry Monush.
Review by Dr. Kirk Bane
Supporting Features: Writing and Interviews on Movies and Moviemakers
by Damien Love. Review by Dr. Kirk Bane
Bogdanovich: Interviews. Peter Tonguette (ed.). Review by Dr.
Tate: Recollection by Debra Tate, Foreword by Roman Polanski.
Review by Dr. Kirk Bane
Movie Making by Mike Cox
"The movie industry was in its infancy, but the American appetite
for film already was hearty... This demand necessitated year-round
shooting, but since almost all shots had to be made outside during
these early years, movie companies based in the Northeast had to
find places with weather more suitable for winter filming. Most
companies went to California, and a couple of companies filmed in
Colorado and Utah. But Melies chose San Antonio, where he set up
shop adjacent to the Hot Wells Hotel.
by Hollywood by Michael Barr
Features: Writing and Interviews on Movies and Moviemakers by
Damien Love. Review by Dr. Kirk Bane
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
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 Bill Cherry
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 Queen Theatre in Merkel, Texas or Reflections through a Dr.
Pepper bottle by Roger T. Moore
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
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
Soot by Audrey A. Herbrich
Photos by Boyd Photography, La Grange
The 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 Childress
Movies in 1930s Marlin A memoir by George Lester
of an Actor: Maurice Barrymore
an Experience by Louise George ("History by George")
A theater burned in Mena
Poems & Light Verses by David Knape
Cartoons by Roger T. Moore
Foote won an Academy Award 10-6-20
*Our thanks to Lew Shrier & Dorothy
Jordan for identifying theatres previously listed as unknown.
Texas City Theatres
We have a debate on the movie theatres in the years we grew up.
We recall the Jewel, the Showboat and the Drive Inn called
Tradewinds. Many insist there was a movie on 6th Street called
Texas or Texan.
I have no recollection of it and was born in TC in 1938. I suggested
perhaps the Jewel originally was named Texas. No, many say it was
a different location and looked different. Could be two story bldg.
It would be great for you to solve this for us. We are mostly in
our 70's and 80's so some can't remember anything. Hope you can
help! - Thanks, Sylvia Jo Smith, October 02, 2018
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