Texas Theater

107 North Avenue E,
Haskell, TX 79521

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Previously operated by: Frontier Theatres

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Texas Theater ... Haskell Texas

The Texas Theater was opened September 9, 1953. By 1955 it was operated by Frontier Theatres. By late-1986 the Texas Theater appeared to have been closed for some time, but seemed to be in fairly good condition. It was housed in a dark red brick building with a vertical white sign and “Texas” all but faded away . The white with red trim marquee sheltered the entrance and outside ticket booth. It had three of the familiar outside glass movie poster frames intact.

Contributed by Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 17, 2008 at 3:28 am

The photo on my posting was taken of a Texas theater 12/30/1986 in Haskell, probably 40 or 50 years later than the one on the Haskell website. They definitely not one and the same.

kencmcintyre on February 21, 2009 at 6:45 pm

A December 1955 article in the Abilene Reporter-News stated that the Texas Theater in Haskell, damaged after a fire, was to be razed to make way for a new post office.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 15, 2015 at 10:29 pm

The August 27, 1953, issue of The Haskell Free Press had an ad saying that the New Texas Theatre would open on September 9 with the Ray Milland-Jane Wyman picture Let’s Do It Again. The ad boasted that the house would have the “First Wide Screen Installed In West Texas”. The September 3 issue of the paper confirmed the opening date and gave the location of the new house as Avenue E, ½ block from the northwest corner of the town square.

An earlier Texas Theatre had opened in December, 1926, on the south side of the square. It burned in December, 1952. I suspect that kencmcintyre’s comment of February 21, 2009, gave the wrong date for the newspaper article he cited, and it actually referred to the 1952 fire. The second Texas Theatre was still in operation at least as late as December, 1973.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2015 at 7:00 am

In the background of the vintage photo of the Texas Theatre uploaded by Don Lewis can be seen the distinctive side gable of the First Christian Church on Avenue F. With the clue in the newspaper article I cited in my previous comment there is only one location for the Texas Theatre- the southwest corner of Avenue E and the mid-block alley half a block north of 1st Street (U.S.380.)

The Texas Theatre’s site is now a parking lot and a small fenced side yard for the Haskell County Insurance Agency, which is at 103 N. Avenue E. The theater’s address would have been slightly larger, probably 107, assuming that the storefront to the left of the entrance was 105.

DavidZornig on June 5, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Circa 1962 photo added credit Michael Clay Smith.

MichaelKilgore on May 6, 2022 at 1:49 am

Adding a size note. The Exhibitor, Sept. 9, 1953: “At Haskell, Tex., the Old Texas, which burned last summer, is being replaced by the New Texas with Bumice Haley as manager. The 700-seat theatre is larger by 300 seats than the original theatre."

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 6, 2022 at 2:10 am

An item in the December 31, 1955 issue of Boxoffice revealed that the Texas Theatre and Sky-Vue Drive-In at Haskell were both owned by Frontier Theatres.

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