Slaton Theatre

255 W. Garza Street,
Slaton, TX 79364

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The State Theatre was opened by 1936. It was listed as (Closed) in 1943, but had reopened by 1950 and was still operating in 1957. It was reanamed Slaton Theatre. In 2016 the building is occupied by Klemkes Sausage Haus as a manufacturing workshop.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm

This photo depicts the State Theatre in 1955, although it is captioned Slaton Theatre. The name on the theater itself is not visible due to the angle, but the vertical sign does appear to have spaces for six letters. An index for the June 13, 1952 Frontier Celebration Edition of the Slaton Slatonite lists advertisements for the Slaton Theatre and the Caprock Theatre (the drive-in.) I’ve also found a reference to the Slaton Theatre on this web page about the experiences of the Diaz family, who moved to Slaton in 1947.

Two poster cases remain intact on the building, one of them reading “Klemke’s Antiques and Gifts” and the other “Klemke’s Sausage Haus”, and it appears that at least the front section of the former theater houses the antique shop, while the entrance to the butcher shop (Klemke’s does operate a restaurant, but at a different location) is in the building next door at the corner of 10th Street. The company also does its own meat processing, and I think the processing plant is in this complex, possibly including the former auditorium.

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