Rig Theater

176 W. Main Street,
Premont, TX 78375

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dplomin1954 on May 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 12, 2009 at 9:11 pm

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.”

kencmcintyre on March 12, 2009 at 6:29 pm

I think I saw Porky’s at that theater.

kencmcintyre on March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm

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

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 12, 2009 at 6:10 pm

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 on March 12, 2009 at 5:56 pm

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 12, 2009 at 5:45 pm

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

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 1, 2009 at 1:57 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 February 25, 2009 at 9:14 pm

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.

DonLewis on February 25, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Hello Silicon Sam. What takes you to that part of Texas and will you be posting the photos?



Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on February 24, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Still there, sad as always. I took some more photos, got a few shots of the lobby through some broken glass, and some other assorted ones.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on February 20, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Oh yeah, still standing as of 3-4 weeks ago. I will be traveling through Premont early next week, I’ll swing by and check it out, but it’s never changed all the times I drove through town.

kencmcintyre on January 6, 2009 at 7:24 pm

I would be curious to know if this theater is still standing. If you look at the Google view, assuming they are at the correct address (it says address is approximate), the small building that is visible looks like the building to the left of the theater in the Cinematour photos. If that is the same building, then the vacant lot next to it would have been the Rig. Any further information would be welcome.

kencmcintyre on January 6, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Here is an ad that was in Boxoffice magazine back in April 1962:

FOR SALE: “Rig Theater” Premont Texas. Now operating and in excellent condition. Original cost over $50,000. Will sell whole building and equipment for $25,000. Includes ground floor office or store (street front) and upstairs apartment, all air-conditioned. Write Dr. R.N. Smith, Jr. 513 Lake Drive, Harlingen, Texas.

longislandmovies on August 8, 2006 at 12:09 pm

why put a new roof on a building your never going to open?????????

DonLewis on August 8, 2006 at 11:16 am

A scan of my RIG theater movie ad flyer View link

DonLewis on February 12, 2006 at 2:48 pm

Hello Mark Sain. I am in touch with a Mr. John Ross who would very much like to exchange some info with you about the RIG.

You may reach him at


DonLewis on November 30, 2005 at 4:51 pm

See my photo taken about 1985 of the RIG here:
View link

DonLewis on November 30, 2005 at 3:45 pm

See a vintage 1966 movie advertisment flyer from the Rig Theater here.
With thanks to Mark Sain for the flyer.

View link

DonLewis on September 9, 2005 at 12:36 pm

I recently received a nice email from the owner of the Rig. He gave me a little history and mentioned that the theater has been in the family for a long time. The best news is that he put a new roof on on the building in 2004.

-Don Lewis

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on May 13, 2005 at 7:32 am

I have several good photos of the outside of the building if anyone is interested. I took these around 05/10/05.

DonLewis on January 30, 2005 at 9:18 am

Hello howell. I should have mentioned 15-20 years ago was the first and last time I saw the Rig. I am unsure if the Cinema Tour pictures were taken or posted in 2003, but it doesnt look like a lot has changed. I did notice one more red star missing from the front of the building in their pictures. A 2000 census reports a population of 3565. If the Rig is still standing, I suspect it remains empty. As with most of the old cinemas, a person would be trespassing to enter without permission. I did not get a look inside.