Edna Theatre

201 W. Main Street,
Edna, TX 77957

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Edna Theatre

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The Edna Theatre opened in 1949, and is an imposing structure located in downtown Edna, Texas. The large outdoor neon sign soars to the sky, and its spire can be seen from Highway 59. The exterior sidewalk is terrazzo and old mirrors adorn the doors. The ticket booth is decorated with porcelain tiles in various colors. The lobby has a wide staircase leading to a second floor balcony. The Edna Theatre may have once been a part of Frels Theaters, a movie chain that operated in and around Victoria, Texas.

The Edna Theatre closed in the late-1970’s or early-1980’s. In fall of 2011, plans were announced to restore the Edna Theatre.

Contributed by Bob Machann

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LinaHillHybner
LinaHillHybner on April 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I LOVED the theater, and in the early 1990’s worked with a group to raise interest in hope of restoring it; delighted that although I’m no longer in Edna, a dream is coming true. Blessings to my friends there— Lina Hill Hybner

sepiatone
sepiatone on June 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

A link on the Ganado Cinema page shows a photo of an old flyer advertising a “Boon Theatre” in Edna. Would that have been the one that burned down during World War II?

RestoredTheaters
RestoredTheaters on July 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

Just added a new photo with the neon completed. Look in photo section. Seating will end up about 650 from the original 1000. The renovation is coming along great. The asbestos has been abated and encapsulated and the all clear has been given. The grand opening is still on target for late 2012 or early 2013.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on February 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm

The Edna has a remarkable resemblance to the Alabama Theater in Houston, TX. By chance, does anyone have any interior shots of the Edna or know who the architect was?

trailerjoh
trailerjoh on February 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I have a few interior shots taken a few years ago.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/12335678@N00/sets/72157618157582490/

KenLayton
KenLayton on February 8, 2013 at 8:58 am

Judging by the projection booth pictures, they were operating Brenkert model BX-60 projector heads on top of RCA 9030 sound heads.

trailerjoh
trailerjoh on February 8, 2013 at 9:11 am

That is true. The guy that has it now said they were operational after all these years. When I was there, they turned over very smoothly. Would have loved to have seen the place in it’s prime.

Rogue
Rogue on January 22, 2014 at 8:59 am

Looks awesome…great pics! any updates on the restoration?

trailerjoh
trailerjoh on January 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Still seems to be up in the air. The guy that owns it now has plans but many other irons in the fire. Might be more of a live event center in the future. But, who knows?

marmer
marmer on March 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Edna was designed by Houston/Rosenberg architect Ernest L. Shult. Not sure if he did the Alabama; probably not, actually.

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