Edna Theatre

201 W. Main Street,
Edna, TX 77957

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cityofedna on February 23, 2006 at 10:11 am

As a community effort, the Jackson County Historical Commission, Jackson County, and the City of Edna will soon submit for a Texas Department of Transportation Enhancement Program Grant to restore and renovate the Edna Theater and the local Railroad Depot. To assist us in this endeavor we are canvassing anyone and everyone for any history, photographs, etc that they might have of the Edna Theater and/or the Depot. Anyone wishing to send us any such information may do so by e-mail to , by mail to the City of Edna, 126 W. Main, Edna, Texas 77957; or by fax to 361-782-3590. Any assistance will be most appreciated. Ken Pryor, City Manager.

BradR on February 6, 2006 at 5:45 pm

Hey guys, for those interested. I have pictures of the Uptown, El Rancho, (Venus, Queen, Princess), Normana (El Campo), Victoria, Rita, Lone Tree Drive In, (Twin Ranch Drive In, Gemini Drive In), Tejas Aztec Drive In, Rice Drive IN (El Campo), Rio (wharton), and Plaza (wharton)…. all that are not specified were in Victoria, and I would post them on this site if they ever get the picture submission back up. Also Alvin Svoboda has an entire binder full of area theatre pictures that I compiled for him when I was manager of the Ganado Theatre. Just go to Ganado and ask to see it, but don’t expect him to loan it out. email me for pics and info for what we plan for the Victoria Theatre.
Also, if you really wanna get in Edna, Alvin has a key, he would gladly show you around, but bring a flashlight, the Brinkard projectors are still there, and so is a huge RCA speaker backstage.

cwfrick on February 6, 2006 at 2:05 pm

I too think that it is a great idea. If there is anything that i can do to help, from signing a petition or doing some type of physical labor, i would gladly help. I hope that everything works out. I live in near by Bay City and i have always wanted to see the inside of this great looking theater.

James Colburn
James Colburn on February 5, 2006 at 3:10 pm

What a great Idea. I hope they do it. That would be a great restored theatre.

sepiatone on February 2, 2006 at 7:54 am

Received this information second-hand, but it caught my attention. The theater has been closed since 1979. City of Edna officials are seeking State of Texas grants to restore the theater. The applications will be due in April 2006. My source is the Wharton Journal-Spectator, 25 January ‘06, page A6.

James Colburn
James Colburn on July 6, 2005 at 6:26 pm

Thanks for the picture. I have all the inside and outside pictures you can think of. The theatre is a real nicce gem in itself but will need alot of work and is just too expensive and far for me. Still would love to have it though.

James Colburn
James Colburn on April 18, 2005 at 9:38 pm

Again a piece of work that needs to be saved. Just would take too much money to do it.

James Colburn
James Colburn on April 11, 2005 at 9:14 pm

I have done my home work. send me a email with your number and Ill call you. We can chat.

James Colburn
James Colburn on April 11, 2005 at 9:13 pm

My email is

cwfrick on April 11, 2005 at 9:07 pm

i am very interested in some pics and info. how can i get your email?

James Colburn
James Colburn on April 8, 2005 at 10:09 pm

I have all the pics and info on this theatre you could ask for.Both inside and out. If interested email me. Roof was fixed ,but others issues.

cwfrick on March 22, 2005 at 10:18 pm

cool, i may try to give you a call sometime. i am amazed that i found a site where there are people that love the old historic theatres the way that i do. hopefully some day i can visit some of our texas theatres. so many have been lost or turned into churches. today’s large theatres have no personality. i love to see the older theatres, it is like going back in time. thanks again for the information.

BradR on March 22, 2005 at 10:05 pm

Yes I am involved in it. Can’t tell you too much more. I could walk you through it almost anytime I am in town. Easiest way to contact me without opening myself up to a spam attack by posting my email…. I work for Frels Pipe Organs, in Victoria, we should be in the book… regular business hours

cwfrick on March 22, 2005 at 9:56 pm

that’s cool. any idea on when it might open. i would love to see it, even closed if you have the address. are you involved in the theatre? what kind of programing do you think will be shown? i look forward to the reopening of the theatre and i hope that i will be able to see it.

BradR on March 22, 2005 at 9:45 pm

The Victoria Theatre hasn’t been reopened…… yet. But we are working on it. It is still owned by Frels Theatres, and if reopened, would be reopened under the Frels name.

cwfrick on March 22, 2005 at 9:35 pm

i did not know that there was an old theatre in Hallettesville. i will definately try to go there and check out the theatre. i have been to the Plaza in Wharton a couple of times, but i have never been able to see the inside. i have read about it on the net and it seems to have some history to it. i want to try to catch a play that they have there, but working at a movie theatre myself, i do not have much time to catch one. i also did not know that there was a theatre in Victoria, i was there last week i would have checked it out. do you have any addresses or possibly any pictures? thanks again for the information, i appreciate it greatly.

BradR on March 22, 2005 at 9:21 pm

If you are that close to Ganado, you should also visit the Cole theatre in Hallettesville. The sound system is just as good. The theatre is a little bit wider with more room in each row for your feet. The only drawback is that the balcony is no longer open to the public, due to the fact the projection room was moved to the front, to accomodate a platter system. (by the former owners). The current owners of this theatre live in Victoria, TX. Other theatres in the area worth seeing are, the Plaza in Wharton, and stay tuned for changes being made at the Victoria theatre in Victoria.

cwfrick on March 22, 2005 at 6:12 pm

thanks for the information. too bad about the cost to remove the asbestos. i have met Alvin Svoboda once. i was in awe of his theatre and he was nice enough to show me around. he showed me everything in the theatre and clued me in to some of the history of the theatre. he even showed me the old “rooms” behind the screen that used to house the fans before air conditioning (i think). i only live about 45 minutes from Ganado, but i do not have a chance to get there much. his sound system is one of the best in the country(nice for such a historic theatre). i can’t wait to go back.

BradR on March 21, 2005 at 9:19 pm

No plans to reopen it any time soon. It would cost an estimated 300000 to remove all the asbestos, and the roof leaks badly. However, from an article that ran in the paper when the theatre opened…. it apparently had over a mile of neon in and on the building. BTW, I used to manage the Ganado theatre for Alvin Svoboda… it is an awesome theatre, although not as architecturally interesting as the Edna.

cwfrick on March 21, 2005 at 9:52 am

thanks for the picture, i appreciated it. i wish that i could find one of the inside.

cwfrick on March 21, 2005 at 9:32 am

I drive by the theater from time to time and i love it? Are there any plans to reopen it? Are there any pictures of it? I have always wanted to see it. If anyone has thought of reopening it, i will run it for you. Is it going to be up for sale any time? It would be great to run it in tandem with the Ganado Theatre, which is also awesome.

James Colburn
James Colburn on October 7, 2004 at 9:09 am

Joe Hermes is the Mayor of this town of Edna. The original theatre seated appx. 1000. In the early 70’s part of the stage
was extended out and approximately 10 rows in the front were removed. The seats are all still in the theatre, some need upholstry work. The seats in the balcony are the original seats. Over 1 mile of Neon alone on this Theatre.

BradR on May 30, 2004 at 9:59 pm

The Edna theatre was NEVER a part of the Frels theatre chain. It belonged to a rival, Long theatres, based in Bay City, TX. It also had in excess of 900 seats, is still standing, and is locally owned by Joe Hermes in Edna, TX

William on December 15, 2003 at 6:15 pm

The Edna Theatre seated 333 people.