Columbia Theatre

121 S. Austin Street,
Ranger, TX 76470

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Functions: Bar, Restaurant

Previous Names: Lone Star Theatre

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LONE STAR (COLUMBIA) Theatre; Ranger, Texas.

Opened as the Lone Star Theatre, by 1941 it had been renamed Columbia Theatre. It was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Hoblitzelle & O'Donnell.

The Columbia Theatre was still operating in 1952, but had closed by 1955. In spring of 2016 it was opened as the Lone Star Theatre Bar.

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kencmcintyre on April 17, 2006 at 8:01 pm

Here is additional information for the Columbia:

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 25, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Three March 2008 images of the Lone Star here, here and here.

Since photographing the Lone Star it appears to me that the “Lone Star” lettering was the first thing to be put on the building, plastered over and then having had a building next door with a wall covering that up. With that building now demolished and the plaster peeled away it occurs to me that the original name is now once again visible. It is a durable old building but the trees showing in the photos are growing in the auditorium.

TLSLOEWS on May 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Cool vintage photos.

robboehm on May 13, 2021 at 2:48 pm

The historical society deeded the property to Chad Cunningham who envisioned a bar and grill venue with Country Western entertainment and Saturday afternoon movies for the children. The theatre had been damaged by fire and there had been a boiler explosion at the attached building which housed a dry cleaners and apartments. The two had been derelict for years.

Renovations began in December 2015 for a Spring 2016 opening. It was also necessary to have local ordinances changed to permit the selling of alcohol at a restaurant.

I have uploaded a before picture just as the renovation was starting and the final realization of the facade of the Lone Star Theatre Bar. The overhead “Theatre” sign is a replica of the one that used to exist.

I’ve also included an image of original painted signage on the side of the building.

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