National Theater

524 Oak Street,
Graham, TX 76450

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National Theater...Graham Texas

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David and Pam Scott have transformed this old theater into the Graham’s entertainment hotspot. By restoring the city’s historic National Theater, they built an entertainment complex that has revitalized the downtown area.

The National Theater first opened in 1920. The Scotts purchased the National Theater in 1990 and soon added two additional screens, a video arcade, a pizza shop, a miniature golf course, and a 1950’s-themed restaurant.

Before the transformation, the 81-year-old theater was an eyesore of dilapidation. The Scotts bought the theater for $50,000 and quickly spent an additional $100,000 restoring the National. The theater re-opened in November 1990. And in 1993, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Since the theater was doing so well, they decided to purchase the building next door and install a second screen, restaurant, and a mini-golf course.

Since the reopening, money has poured into downtown Graham, with over $6 million spent in renovations.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 7, 2007 at 7:27 am

This is a recent photo of the National Theater.

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 6, 2008 at 7:29 pm

A 1972 photo of the National Theater in Graham showing “The Little Ark”

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 22, 2008 at 8:37 am

Here is another photo of the National.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 6, 2008 at 10:46 am

This is a September 2008 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

This is a nice 2008 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 12, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Here is a 2009 close-up photo.

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on October 6, 2009 at 9:05 am

I’m a Three Stooges Fan Club member, trying to confirm a personal appearance by the “3” Stooges (Moe Larry and Shemp), on a bill with Wee Bonnie Baker, the Barretts and Don Hooton, after an appearance by the A.B. Marcus Revue. The movie “Queen of Burlesque” was also shown. I have a display ad, but no dates (or town shown). Believe it was the Summer of 1946, and may have been Shemp’s first appearance after Curly’s strokes. The National was advertised as air cooled and showed a phone number of JA-7863.
Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks Frank Reighter

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