Pershing Theater

2905 Pershing Drive,
El Paso, TX 79903

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Pershing Theater...El Paso Texas

The Pershing Theater was housed in a neat clean corner building at the base of some desert foothills in El Paso. It opened March 28, 1940. At the top of the building across front were six red stars. A nice red trimmed marquee sheltered the entrance and “Pershing” was spelled out on both sides of it in red lettering. It was closed in 1988.

Contributed by Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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kencmcintyre on March 14, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Here is a June 1945 ad from the El Paso Herald-Post:

Mariusz on April 24, 2009 at 12:15 am

The Pershing Theatre is in an area of El Paso called 5 Points where Avenues and Streets intersect. I was a regular at this movie house as well. However, I didn’t start going ‘til I was in my early teens. Way after they shut and torn down The Capri. We would train-hop from downtown El Paso all the way to The Pershing in 5 Points. The last movie I remember seeing there was Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon. Shortly after that they shut it down, but it stayed intact. Last I heard was a couple from New York bought it and restored it and also live in it. Very cool. I wish I could do that to The Capri.

Mariusz on April 30, 2009 at 12:46 am

Cool pic, Lost. Matter of fact, it still looks like that. Last time I was back home, it was looking exactly like that pic. It was a cool little movie house. However, not as cool as The Capri.

txstan on September 18, 2009 at 4:32 am

I worked at the Pershing in 1952 as an usher and occasional doorman. The thing I most remembered was having to change the Marquee. I usually got off at 10 PM, but I was expected to wait until 9:30 to start the marquee and they did not pay overtime. I had get a long wooden step-ladder from the back of the theatre outside fire entrance and carry it to the front. The ladder had to be set up in the street because when they widened Pershing Dr. a few years previous, the street curb was extended toward the theatre. The marquee was not changed and was left extended over the street. Had a couple of close calls, but nobody ever hit me. Wind did blow the ladder over a few timtimes though.
ladder had to

rayrojas on March 27, 2011 at 12:01 am

The current owners added an addition to the westside of the theatre where the parking lot use to be. It has a garage. Before they built that addition, the west wall had a really nice mural of Jerry Garcia and Jimmi Hendrix. The mural was there as late as 1994.

gdel5650 on March 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I was raised just three blocks west of the Pershing Theater. Our house was (and still is)located at 2631 Pershing Drive (corner of Pershing and Maple streets.) We used to go and watch the Saturday Matinee which included serials such as Batman and Robin, The Green Hornet and westerns with Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy,etc.

It was so cool inside the theater during the summer season that we watched double features two or three times.

A friend of ours that we graduated with at Cathedral High School worked there as an usher. His name was John Doran who I haven’t seen since we graduated in 1961.
We have some great memories of this theater and the Pershing Inn, which is a local tavern located right next door to the theater.

rcsart on April 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Anyone remember this theater having a piano pit and someone playing piano before the movie coming up from the floor?

Alphawoolf on April 11, 2016 at 11:11 am

Worked at this theatre briefly in the late 1980’s when Bob Hartgrove “ran” it. The seats were all cut up and they didn’t allow patrons in the balcony. I had to change the marquee once, and as the gentleman above states, you had to put the ladder in the street – very interesting with all the traffic. Oh, and the staff was stealing Bob blind, but then he “inspired” that in people.

rivest266 on July 2, 2018 at 5:40 pm

and closed in 1988.

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