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John Robert

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From: Addison, TX
Registered: Jan 2005

 - posted March 13, 2005 10:12 AM      Profile for John Robert   Email John Robert         Edit/Delete Post 
This downtown area venue is set to reopen on Friday, March 18; looks like it will host live stage productions, although not all work is done. A marquee is being sought, curtains need to be replaced, and the ceiling is not yet repaired. Vaudeville shows were the theater's first, in the early 1920s, later movies were shown there until the 1960s. Stage productions were previously done at the Texas more recently until rainwater got into the building during a stage show in 1997; the venue has been the focus of renovation ever since.

Article from Tyler newspaper

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Adam Martin

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PALESTINE - After years of restoration work, the Texas Theater in Palestine is scheduled to reopen Friday.

A gala in honor of the reopening of the theater is set for 6 p.m. Friday. The wine and cheese reception will be followed by a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. to light the neon "Texas" sign in green, red and blue.

Money generated from the Hot Pepper Fest in October paid for the restoration of the Texas Theater sign.

The first show in the building since 1997 begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to see "Clue: The Musical," an interactive show, are $10 for adults and $6 for students and children.

While renovations have gone on for years at the theater, prisoners from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Gurney Unit have been busy in the last month making additional repairs by painting, putting up Sheetrock and working to prepare the building for Friday's opening night.

"They have so far exceeded anything that we could have ever asked or wished for," said Amelia Cook, a community theater board member.

More work still lies ahead, despite the reopening event. The ceiling in the auditorium is in need of repair, and other features such as drapes for the main stage, carpeting in the lobby and a new marquee are also needed. The Palestine Community Theatre continues to seek donations for the restoration work.

The theater originally opened in 1921 as a vaudeville venue, Mrs. Cook said.

In the 1940s, it was purchased and operated as a movie theater until the early 1960s. In the early 1980s the Palestine Community Theatre bought the building.

The last live show performed there was in 1997. During that performance, rain poured into the building and afterward the building was closed for safety reasons, Mrs. Cook said.

The Texas Theater is located at 213 W. Crawford St. in Palestine. For more information on tickets and the theater, call (903) 723-9595 or (903) 723-8383.

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John Robert

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From: Addison, TX
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 - posted March 18, 2005 11:17 AM      Profile for John Robert   Email John Robert         Edit/Delete Post 
Texas Theater reopening tonight (3-18)

New article:
Really long link

This is a longer article than the first initial one, plus it includes an interior shot. You can tell there is still work being done, materials can be seen on top of some of the seats.

[ March 18, 2005, 06:49 PM: Message edited by: Adam Martin ]

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