Texan Theater

110 S. Bell Street,
Hamilton, TX 76531

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This small 304 seat theater in Hamilton first opened in 1928, and was destroyed by fire after an explosion on May 9, 1949.

It was rebuilt in 1950, with a seating capacity of 500. The ‘new’ Texan Theatre was designed by architect Jack Corgan. It operated into the 1980’s.

It was destroyed by a fire on the evening of November 27, 2009.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 9, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Boxoffice Magazine confirms that there was a second Texan Theatre in Hamilton, after catastrophe befell this one. In the New Construction section of the July 2, 1949, issue is this: “Hamilton, Tex.— Bids to be taken soon for new Texan Theatre, fire replacement by H.H. Stroud. Jack Corgan, Dallas, architect.”

sillygirlkd
sillygirlkd on November 28, 2009 at 1:07 am

Tonight the Hamilton Texan Theater burnt down. The fire started around 9 p.m. and is still burning @ 12:00. This is truly a sad moment in history and in Hamilton, it is now demolished.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on December 2, 2009 at 5:56 pm

I am from NY, and I hear your cries and that of locals. Willing demolition due to a developer’s greed is bad enough, but it is additionally sad when it happens unexpectedly due to fire. It is truly indeed a sad day. I hope the cause is investigated, and a conclusion is made. When the timing is right, the theater owners should realize the pivotal role the theater played in the community, and in conjunction with elected officials, and community residents, rebuild a historic Art Deco gem; an endangered species countrywide.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 2, 2009 at 6:10 pm

The theater does not map out to the address on 110 S. Bell, for reasons unknown. Here is the pre-fire view:
http://tinyurl.com/yj6ts9x

kcentner
kcentner on December 4, 2009 at 12:56 am

Sorry KenMC that is NOT the prefire view. The prefire view was a resurfaced building that the current owner put a lot of time and money into. She did her research, talked to many a resident (including Bobby Thompson), bought books that referenced the old theater, found the colors that were as close to the original colors as possible, contacted the state historical society, and invested about 20-30k into the restoration of that theater.

There are pictures out there on the web of a beautiful theater with bright blue doors, cream and peach walls with maroon trimmed tiles. The picture that is currently posted was probably taken around the time the Shultz/McCullough’s owned it or maybe even before that when the Pettits had it.

DonLewis
DonLewis on May 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm

From 1984 a view of the Texan Theater, a view of the Texan from 2008 and from 2010 of the empty lot left behind after the 2009 fire.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Wow first an explosion,rebuilt and then a fire,thats bad luck.

texas25th
texas25th on June 9, 2011 at 12:57 am

We built this basic site to remember the TEXAN. Hope you enjoy the images.

http://web.me.com/studiotrey/TEXAN_Theater/Texan.html

socal09
socal09 on June 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

texas25th: enjoyed the pics on the site even though it’s a shame the theatre was destroyed.

bch
bch on September 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

When my wife and I were in high school, Rita was the popcorn girl. She worked there for the four years that we were in school. I am sadden about the Texan Theater not being there anymore. It was part of my life for all of those years growing up in Hamilton, Texas. Sad, Sad

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