Dixie Theatre

100 S. Palestine Street,
Athens, TX 75751

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Dixie Theatre ... Athens Texas

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This theater was in operation from at least 1918 (it was wired for sound films in 1929) until at least 1953.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on March 1, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Here is an article dated 9/20/53 from the Big Spring Daily Herald:

ATHENS, Tex., Sept. 19-A theater filled with a Saturday afternoon crowd of children caught fire today and burned to the ground after all the youngsters had fled to safety. Six of the children were hurt, mostly in the tramping toward rear and front exits. One boy broke his leg jumping from the balcony. Sheriff Jess Sweeten said fire broke out in the 900-seat Dixie Theater about 2:30 p.m. The brick one-story structure was quickly evacuated.

Frantic parents clamoring at the entrance in fear their children had not escaped interfered with the work of local firemen, who had the help of fire departments from Malakoff, Canton and Tyler. Flames flared 75 feet high at the height of the fire and threatened adjacent buildings on the east side of the square, including the Palace Drug, Penney Dry Goods and Perkins Bros. Dry Goods stores. The adjacent structures were wet down while firemen sought to extinguish the theater blaze.

At about 6 p.m. the fire burned itself out, having almost completely leveled the theater. The sheriff said, “We almost had a riot in front of the theater with those parents screaming and hollering. It was a powerful lot of excitement.” The fact some of the children fled through a rear exit apparently gave rise to some parents' fear their children still were inside the blazing theater. The sheriff said none of the six children was critically hurt.

kencmcintyre on March 1, 2009 at 5:45 pm

It looks like a bank has been built on the theater’s former location at at the intersection of Palestine and Corsicana streets, thus it appears that status is closed/demolished.

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