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Samsboy commented about Knox Theater on Jan 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Knox Theatre was open at least by 1936. It was owned by Bob Glass, an electrician who made lots of money during the Depression converting theatres all over Texas to sound. With his money he bought the Knox Street Theatre, one on Oak Lawn Ave, and 2 in Beaumont. Out on the remodeling circuit he met my dad, Sam Brown Lewis, who was working for King Scenic as a contractor redecorating theatre interiors. My dad was very good at this; and became well-known in Texas in that industry. Bob hired Dad away from King Scenic to run (manage) the Knox and the Oak Lawn one. This, he did until Bob sold the two theatres to Interstate Theatres (Majestic, etc.) around 1938. My brother, Sam Jr., operated the popcorn concession at the Knox for 2 ½ years, both while Dad ran the place and after Interstate took over. Bob made Interstate honor the deal Bob made with my brother that he could keep the concession through school. My brother paid the shine man at the barber shop next door 75 cents a week to clean the machine. Sam, Jr. sold the machine for $100 the night he graduated from North Dallas High School in May, 1939. Jerry Lewis