Rig Theater

176 W. Main Street,
Premont, TX 78375

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Rig Theater...Premont Texas

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Opened in 1950, it had closed by 1980. 15-20 years ago the Rig Theater sat empty and deserted in this hot and desolate town near the Texas gulf coast. It was a brown brick building with a large vertical sign spelling “Rig”.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on February 26, 2009 at 5:14 am

I live in Austin, and my job takes me to areas like McAllen (where I am right now), Laredo, El Paso, Houston and all parts in between. Many times I try to take the long way home and hit the small towns along the way. I’ll post some this weekend when I get back home.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 1, 2009 at 9:57 am

Went by on 2/23/08 and snapped a few pics.

Outside View everyone’s seen before.

Back Side of the building with the added on Air Conditioning room.

To the LEFT as you peek into the hole in the back where the plywood is missing. And to the RIGHT in the same room.

A peek through some broken glass to view the LOBBY

Closeup of the RIG Sign

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 13, 2009 at 12:45 am

Did it again… First line in the post above should read 2/23/09, no ‘08. Doh!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 13, 2009 at 12:56 am

Thanks for the photos, Sam. It looks like the Googlemobile got lost in Premont, as their view doesn’t look remotely like the neighborhood in your photos.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 13, 2009 at 1:10 am

Think I see what’s wrong. The RIG is on Main St, not 1st St. If you do a Google Maps satellite image, the RIG is on the North side of Main St; across the street is a block square park, with a small building off to the center. Just a tad to the West of Hwy 281. The building with the long white roof is likely the RIG. You can see the small add on to the North. Right where the W is on the image text.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 13, 2009 at 1:18 am

If you enter 176 W. Main Street, it takes you right to the theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 13, 2009 at 1:29 am

I think I saw Porky’s at that theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 13, 2009 at 4:11 am

From the “Theatre Construction, Openings and Sales” column in the February 5, 1950, issue of Boxoffice Magazine: “Premont, Tex.– R.H. Smith Theatres Inc., opened 500 seat Rig.”

dplomin1954
dplomin1954 on May 5, 2011 at 1:40 am

Nice photos from 1984 when the theater was still in use. I wonder why they couldn’t spring for posters for the movie though. Looks a bit empty.

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