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Our fund raisers have been “Breakfast With Santa” which turned the theater into a winter wonderland with over 3000 lights. The children didn’t have to travel 150 miles round trip to see Santa. Santa rode up on horseback, with Mrs. Clause and the Elves following in a buckboard. He was dressed in the original Santa suit but wore a black leather vest, black cowboy boots and of course a Stetson.
The sign was restored by selling etched bricks for $40 for families and $75 for businesses that wanted a logo. We raised about $30,000 in eight weeks from this project. Which paid for the sign, the bricks and the etching.
We featured Rex Allen, Jr. in April of this year for two performances and netted about $7,500 from that. I had obtained a grant for $1500 to put towards this event.
Our next fund raiser will be September 10th and will feature the Imitation Stats who have performed for George Bush, Rick Perry and Larry Hagman. They do a rendition of the Statler Brother’s Farewell Tour which is a wonderful show.
Once we get a new roof and replace some of the brick on the back of the building that water has washed out, we will redo the plumbing and bring it up to ADA requirements. We are fortunate to have a local roofer who will donate his labor and we also have an electrician who has rewired the theater for a very reasonable price. Once, the plumbing is complete, the remainder is pretty much cosmetic, but this is where we will need to raise considerable money as I want to put fiber optics and neon on the ceiling.
Big dreams….small checkbook! But we have also been fortunate to have a couple of folks who donated $2000 and $5000 to our cause.
The historic Palace Theater in Spur, Texas, proudly presents Rex Allen, Jr. in concert April 2, 2005. Opening for Rex is our own “Patsy Cline”, Ms.DeAnne Roberts, Rex will do 2 shows and tickets are $25.00 each. All proceeds will go to the Palace Theater roofing fund. Seating is limited to 300 per show. This event is sponsored by the Dickens County Historical Commission. For more info contact
I am interested in knowing when and how this theater was restored. Also, could you please advise me as to who headed up the the project? Thanks.
The Palace Theater in Spur does not have a neon sign. The sign which has been lovingly restored by ACME Sign Co. in Abilene, was purchased from a theater in Graham, Tx. in the 1940s. It was handpainted in the 1950s because restoration was too expensive. The man who handpainted this sign is in his upper 80s and currently resides in Spur. The sign was restored to its original colors in 2003, for the sum of $13,500.00. (Funds to restore the sign were raised in just 8 weeks). The theater currently needs a new roof, new plumbing and electrical rewiring. After that is accomplished, restoration is prety much just cosmetic. The theater will apply for historic designation from the Texas Historical Commission and also for the National Historic Preservation Trust designation. There are no taxes due on this building.
This theater received a grant from the Texas Historical Commission for $15,000.00, I beleive, to replace the roof. Is the ticket booth not hidden behind the french doors?