Wallis Theatre

Commerce Street,
Wallis, TX 77485

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Previously operated by: Cole Theaters Inc, Paramount Pictures Inc.

Previous Names: Cole Theatre

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The Cole Theatre was opened by 1943 when it was operated by Cole Theaters Inc. a part of the Julius Gordon chain which at the time was a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures Inc. It had a large stage, so live productions may have been performed there as well.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, the building was used as an auction hall for antiques. The theatre was still standing in the early-2000’s, but was said to be in poor condition. It was demolished in June 2009.

Contributed by Bob Machann

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sepiatone on December 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm

It appears that this must be updated to “demolished.” According to the September 2013 Google Street View, the building is no longer standing.

sepiatone on December 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Found more information on this theater. The demolition occurred on June 10, 2009. A portion of a Wallis News-Review article read, “A piece of Wallis history literally bit the dust last week. The building that housed the Cole Theater, Uncle Ed’s Place and Marvin’s was demolished Wednesday. Work is progressing by Hein Contracting towards a complete cleanup of the lots located on State Highway 36 between Highway 60 and FM 1093. A spokesman for the building owners stated that the buildings had fallen into such a state of disrepair that demolition was the only option. It is hoped that a cleanup of the property will offer opportunities for new business in the center of town.”

sepiatone on December 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Photos can be seen here: http://www.wallisnews.com/page/59

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