Many thanks to Melanie King and The Shamrock Public Library for efforts that lead to receiving the grant from The Tocker Foundation that digitized old issues of The Wheeler County Texan and The Shamrock Texan newspapers. Having free, 24-hour online access to local newspapers from 1923 through 1966, made the collection of this information possible. We also want to thank The Portal to Texas History, that provides access to this digital information and the University of North Texas Libraries who hosts this invaluable resource. Lastly, many thanks to Jeff and Angela Blackmon and the County Star-News for providing free public access to issues of the County Star-News from January 2010 to the present time. To go directly to The County Star-News archive, click here.
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Improved Luxury Seats InstalledApril 10, 2014
Improved seating was the next improvement at Texas Theater. These improved seats have extra cushioning, high back rests and drink holders. The seats that were removed were originally installed in the 1960s.
Digital Conversion CompleteJune 7, 2012
Texas Theater’s conversion to digital exhibition was complete within just a few days. The conversion included a new digital projector, a digital media server, a 3D silver screen, and improved Dolby surround sound. The first digital movie shown at Texas Theater was Battleship on June 1, 2012; the first 3D movie was Men in Black 3.
Digital Conversion UnderwayMay 31, 2012
When the first new movie we wanted to show was not put on film, that was the signal it was time to convert to digital exhibition. The photo below shows City of Shamrock employees helping theater owner, David Rion and his step-son/managing assistant, Jordan Burrell, unloading the new extra large 3D silver screen. This screen… Read more
Texas Theatre ClosesJuly 12, 1980
Although we have not yet located specific information, local residents recall that the theatre closed about 1980. Athel D. Boyter owned the Texas Theater from January 1, 1974 to October 10, 1991; he never lived in Shamrock or personally operated the theatre In 1991, he donated it to the Shamrock Economic Development Corp., who still owns… Read more
Texas Gets New FasciaJuly 17, 1966
Texas Theatre undergoes a remodeling project and gets the trademark T-E-X-A-S letters that it still has today. An Open House celebration was held on Sunday, July 17, 1966. The owner, Seibert Worley, also owned the Pioneer Drive-In, located at the far east side of Shamrock on Route 66.
Texas Reopens After FireAugust 30, 1956
After the fire, repairs took several months and on August 30, 1956, Texas Theatre reopened. The theatre held an open house so all people in the area could see the improved movie house. The photo below is the only one known to exist of the remodeled movie theatre.
Fire at Texas TheatreApril 1, 1956
A fire at the Texas causes significant damages, estimated to be $20,000. In rebuilding the theater, numerous changes were made, due to the fire. After several months of construction, Texas Theatre reopened on August 30, 1956.
New Modern Building Opens TonightAugust 22, 1940
This new $30,000 Texas Theater building was built in the same location as it had been–217 N. Main Street. It featured colorful neon lights on the marquee, giving a streamlined effect to the exterior.
Grand ReopeningMay 1, 1935
After a significant remodeling project that added restrooms and 100 additional seats, Texas Theatre held a grand reopening. The entire community, including other businesses in town, were very supportive of the new, modern movie house.
Texas Moving Soon ArticleApril 7, 1927
The “new” Texas Theater was intended to be as modern as any movie house in the entire Panhandle. This article mentions all the work that had been done on the new building, as well as the plans for moving into the new building, located across the street from the first Texas Theater in Shamrock.
Construction Continues on New TexasMarch 3, 1927
Although this article is not actually about the Texas construction, it does mention the construction efforts of the new Texas Theater building. At that time, there were also about 30 homes being built in Shamrock.
Texas to Move to 217 N MainFebruary 17, 1927
J.R. Brown announces he will build a new Texas Theater at the new location, 217 N Main. That original building was 25′ x 130′, was made of brick and included a balcony. The Templeton Harness Shop had been in this location.
1st Movie AnnouncementFebruary 12, 1925
Construction on the theater building was still underway and the projection equipment was not yet installed, however, February 20th was set as the day the first movie would be shown at Texas Theater. “The Barefoot Boy” would be the first motion picture to flash across the big silver screen at Texas Theater. … Read more