Overton Theatre

210-212 Henderson Street,
Overton, TX 75684

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Overton Theatre ... Overton Texas

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Opened in July 1938, as the 603 seat Overton Theatre. It was still operating in 1950 and closed in 1965.

Now in use as a storage warehouse for the Davis furniture store which is located next door. The theatre was purchased by Loretta and John Posey, a husband and wife team who want to reopen the theatre. They think it will be about 2 years (around 2012) before it will open for movies, plays and dinner theatre and so much more.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre, Ken Roe

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Maybe,they can take what i wrote and combine them since theyare the same theatre to help folks searching for the theatre.DAVIS THEATRE/OVERTON THEATRE. I guess that does happen often with theatres.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Thanks Chuck 1231.i am a rookie.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Iam old theatre dawg,Chuck 1231.

mikerogers2009
mikerogers2009 on February 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Overton, Texas is a quiet town. Much like Washington, Georgia. But while the folks in Washington were unable to save the Wilkes Theatre, the folks in Overton are saving the famed Overton Theatre.

Of course they are battling the same problems that the Miller Theatre in Augusta faced — moldy curtains, torn stage curtains, leaky roof, bird droppings and so on. The theatre was built in 1938 and remained open until 1965. John Cohagen’s father-in-law was the projectionist during the 40s. He said movies were 15-cents. And one could get a Coke for 5-cents and candy for 5-cents.

As stated above, The Overton Theatre was bought by Loretta and John Posey, a husband and wife team that want the theatre open for the small town of 2400.

The Overton area was served by the small Redwood Drive-In which held 100 cars and was owned by Paul Horton. I couldn’t find out if he also owned the Overton Theatre.

Contributed by Tyler Morning Telegraph/Mike Rogers.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 17, 2010 at 12:56 am

The only mention of a Paul Horton in connection with Overton I’ve been able to find in Boxoffice is in the brief September 5, 1953, item which said that the Redwood Drive-In had opened.

A January 14, 1956, Boxoffice item said that James Brakeall had bought the Overton Theatre from Bill Hall, who had “…operated the theatre for more than twelve years….”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Thanks Nick, for taking care of the story,Once again.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Looks like it will need a lot of work from the photos.

DonLewis
DonLewis on May 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm

No obvious restoration efforts observed at this time. Photo taken 2014.

DonLewis
DonLewis on May 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm

So sad to see this unique old survivor setting there closed and deserted. (BTW. All the the blue design work is vitreous glass tile. What a showlace this one must have been.

paulnelson
paulnelson on May 8, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Art deco masterpiece. Marquee is wonderful and tile work too. Reminds me of the set done for the film House of Wax made about 10 years ago. An entire art deco small town with a movie theatre playing Whatever Happened To Baby Jane on a loop. Check it out. Such an artistic set and film. This great theatre should be saved.

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