Rig Theater

176 W. Main Street,
Premont, TX 78375

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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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Here is another 1984 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 30, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Here are two 1984 photos:

Photo1

Photo2

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.”

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 13, 2009 at 1:38 am

This is the Rig in glorious b/w and here it is in living color.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 13, 2009 at 1:31 am

Okay, maybe it’s not a typo.

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

I think I saw Porky’s at that theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 13, 2009 at 1:21 am

Anyone know when this theater opened? The 1955 Film Daily Yearbook lists a “Pig” Theater in Premont with no seat count. I assume that “Pig” is a typo. LOL

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

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

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 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 12:45 am

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 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 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.

DonLewis
DonLewis on February 26, 2009 at 12:58 am

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

Thanks

Don…

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on February 25, 2009 at 3:14 am

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 21, 2009 at 7:00 am

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 7, 2009 at 3:26 am

I’m curious too.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 7, 2009 at 3:24 am

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
kencmcintyre on January 7, 2009 at 3:17 am

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
longislandmovies on August 8, 2006 at 8:09 pm

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

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 8, 2006 at 7:16 pm

A scan of my RIG theater movie ad flyer View link