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There were two Harper Theatres in downtown Harper, Texas. Charles E. Bein who ran a bank in the town was the operator of the first theatre. The silent-era operation closed in 1932 apparently without converting to sound. It was used for local events and live local plays.
On December 29, 1946, the El Rancho Theatre was opened by H.A. Porter showing Rita Hayworth in “Gilda”. The El Rancho Theatre featured Simplex projectors with Brenkert lamp houses and RCA sound. That theatre was renamed the Harper Theatre. It was closed September 12, 1954. It does not appear to have re-opened.
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