Overton Theatre

210-212 Henderson Street,
Overton, TX 75684

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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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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 17, 2009 at 10:17 am

The Overton Theatre opened in 1938. The July 23 issue of Boxoffice said that the house sold out two shows. Among guests at the opening was W.B. King of King Scenic Company, the decorator of the theater.

The January 29, 1938, issue of Boxoffice ran an item about the origin’s of the Overton Theatre, which was to compete with the Jefferson Amusement company’s Strand Theatre:[quote]“Business men have raised money to finance a new and independent theatre there, according to information reaching Dallas during the week. The new house will be operated by T. W. (Ted) Lewis of Texarkana, where he now operates the Princess and a Negro house, the report said. Lewis is a died-in-the-wool independent.

The mayor of Overton is said to be head of a $25,000 stock company behind the new theatre building, construction on which is ready to start, the report said.“[/quote]A March 12 Boxoffice item said that Ted Lewis had reported that $40,000 was available for building and equipping the new theater he would operate at Overton. The July 2 issue of Boxoffice reported that the Overton Theatre was scheduled to open on July 8.

I’ve been trying to find out who designed this theater, but so far no luck.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 13, 2010 at 2:31 am

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 11:12 pm

Thanks Chuck 1231.i am a rookie.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 15, 2010 at 12:52 am

Iam old theatre dawg,Chuck 1231.

mikerogers2009
mikerogers2009 on February 17, 2010 at 6:23 am

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 9:56 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 19, 2010 at 4:26 am

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm

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

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