Cornes Theatre

129 Main Street,
Farmersville, TX 75442

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Cornes Theater...Farmersville Texas

The Cornes Theatre was opened on July 16, 1925 with Lionel Barrymore in “America”. It was closed in 1969. It was briefly reopened in 1971. The two story Cornes Theatre building as of 2009 was being used as a residence. All signage has been removed and it has been painted a two tone bluish green color.

Still, it has retained its identity with a classic outside ticket booth and double door entrances on either side. Advertisement frames remain on the front and the building is trimmed in black ceramic tile.

A local resident recalled the entrance price having been 9 cents as a small girl.

Contributed by Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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50sSNIPES
50sSNIPES on April 28, 2020 at 2:49 pm

I Can’t Find An Opening Date Or Closing Date To The Cornes Theatre. The Earliest Information I Can Find Is A Late 1935 Showing. It Was Once Closed In 1969 And Reopened After 2 Years In 1971.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 30, 2021 at 1:22 pm

Image & description added credit Farmersville Historical Society. “The Cornes Theater opened in Farmersville July 16, 1925 with a formal dedication. It began with the Lions Club Orchestra giving a musical program. Everyone was welcomed by Mayor H.L. Hendrix. After Rev. J. C. Marshall spoke on “Social and Moral Value of the Motion Picture”, J. F. Kilpatrick told of “The Educational Value of the Motion Pictures”. The first movie was D. W. Griffith’s great historical drama “America” starring Lionel Barrymore, Neil Hamilton and Carol Dempster.”

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