Grand Theatre

North Side Square,
Cooper, TX 75432

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The Grand Theatre appears to have opened in 1917 in downtown Cooper. It would be equipped with a Style T Seeburg piano and made the conversion to sound. The theatre converted to sound in 1929. The theatre closed on August 16, 1940 with Walter Brennan in “Maryland” although it was used for live events and demonstrations for many years forward. Movies were screened on weekends only, ending in September 1957.

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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on April 1, 2019 at 9:15 am

Sorry – August 30, 1919 was the opening date for Henry Sparks' launch of the Grand Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 1, 2019 at 6:36 pm

The May 1, 1926 issue of The Moving Picture World reported that the Grand Theatre in Cooper was one of three Texas houses to have recently installed a “Celestam De Luxe organ.” The name was a typo.

“New Seeburg Celesta De Luxe Player Pipe Organ Creates Wide Attention” was the headline of an article in The Music Trade Review of June 26, 1926. The organ-piano hybrid was designed for use in small town theaters that couldn’t afford a full-sized organ or a full-time organist. The self-contained unit could be played automatically using music rolls, or manually from its single keyboard.

It also looks like Henry Sparks eventually reopened the Grand after closing it for a while on completion of the Sparks Theatre. Some capsule movie reviews published by Motion Picture Herald in January, 1953 were signed “Henry Sparks, Sparks and Grand Theatres, Cooper, Texas.” The December 4, 1953 issue of the Cooper Review advertises Sparks Theatres, and shows the Grand open on Friday and Saturday only, showing the 1948 western movie “Black Bart” with Dan Duryea and Yvonne De Carlo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 1, 2019 at 7:25 pm

I’ve found Friday and Saturday movies advertised at the Grand as late as September 5, 1957. The next issue of the Review available online, from October 24, lists only the Sparks Theatre.

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