Because there is not currently a comprehensive written history of the Texas Theater, the information contained here is a work in progress.
We are looking for all kinds of information about the Theater, including the original construction date, architect, builder, all owners and their dates of operation. Any other information related to the Texas Theater would also be greatly appreciated.
If you have any information to add or old photos we can copy for use on this site (especially of the interior), please contact us.
Once upon a time, there were 41 movie theatres named “Texas Theatre” in Texas. Currently, the Texas Theater in Shamrock is the last remaining Texas Theater where motion pictures of the stars and stories we love still flash across the silver screen every week.
The Texas Theater in Shamrock held their grand opening of the new $30,000 building in late August 1930.
Texas Theater Owners/Operators:
Kenneth & Judy Campbell – (need dates)
Richard & Shanda Hall – (need date) to July 1, 2006
Shane & Misty Everett - July 1, 2006 to March 2, 2009
Joey & Sarah Pace – March 2, 2009 to November 1, 2010
David & Georgann Rion- November 1, 2010 to present
Athel D. Boyter owned the Texas Theater from January 1, 1974 to October 10, 1991. At that time he donated it to the Shamrock Economic Development Corp., who still owns the building.
Cinema History in the US
In the United States, the customary spelling is “theater,” but the National Association of Theatre Owners uses the spelling “theatre” to refer to a movie theater, so either is acceptable.
The first public exhibition of projected motion pictures in the United States was at Koster and Bial’s Music Hall on 34th Street in New York City on April 23, 1896. However, the first “storefront theater” in the US dedicated exclusively to showing motion pictures was Vitascope Hall, established on Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana June 26, 1896—it was converted from a vacant store.