La Nora Theatre

114 N. Culyer Street,
Pampa, TX 79065

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La Nora Theater

Built on the site of the Crescent Theatre which was destroyed by fire on May 16, 1930. Designed in Spanish Baroque styling the La Nora Theatre provided an elegant atmosphere in which to relax and watch a movie. The La Nora Theatre was opened December 29, 1930 and was destroyed by a fire in 1959. It was replaced by the Capri Theatre.

Other historic theatres in Pampa were the Crown Theatre, Rex Theatre, and State Theatre. Please let us know if you have further detail on any of these theatres.

Contributed by Jeff Chapman

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raybradley on September 1, 2007 at 1:36 pm

To view 1936 interior/exterior images of the La Nora type in word “theatre”,
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 2, 2007 at 1:58 am

It’s the Lanora Theatre in 1941 & 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook, but La Nora Theatre in the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. Seating remains consistant at 1,048 in all editions.

malcolmdbc39 on June 13, 2010 at 8:05 pm

The Capri theater is still staning in downtown Pampa. It operated briefly as The Cave gameroom but has been closed for years. Any info on this theater?

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on October 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

I see on GE what appears to be an old theater building at the corner of N. Cuyler and E. Francis. Labeled as the Knights of Columbus Hall. The marquee looks to have contained 5 letters, the last letter left on the old marquee is an E in the 5th position.

Could this be the State in the opening comments? If so, I don’t see an entry for this theater.

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matney on July 25, 2011 at 8:27 pm

The LaNora Theater was destroyed by fire in 1960. Consturction began on the Capri Theater that same year. Pampa had one other walk in theater at that time, the LaVista Theater, and two drive in theaters, the Pampa Drive In and the Top O Texas Drive In. I believe the Rex theater was remodeled and renamed the LaVista. These were last operated by Video Independent Theatres of Oklahoma City.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm

In one of the several articles about the new La Nora Theatre that appeared in the Pampa Sunday News-Post of December 30, 1930, the day before the theater opened, was this information:

“Gates Corgan of Oklahoma City, architect for Griffith Amusement company, designed the new La Nora theatre and supervised construction details. He has designed many fine theatres, including the Aztec at Enid, the Bison at Shawnee, and the new Griffith movie palace at Roswell, under construction.”

rivest266 on June 13, 2015 at 11:00 am

December 29th, 1930 grand opening ad in photo section.

rlynwil on July 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

My father was a manager for Video Theatres, out of Oklahoma City, in Pampa for several years. I would occasionally go to hang out at the theatres while he worked. I would sneak onto the stage at the La Nora between shows and pretend I was conducting the orchestra the projectionist would have to come to get me down so he could start the next film. I have numerous childhood memories of the theatres in Pampa including the Top O Texas and Pampa Drive Ins, La Vista and Capri. We moved to New Mexico in the early 60’s, my Dad got a Drive In in Hobbs, NM.

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