Iris Theatre

211 W. Moore Avenue,
Terrell, TX 75160

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IrisĀ© Terrell Texas

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The only evidence left of this one is a neat vertical sign spelling out IRIS.

Contributed by DonLewis

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DonLewis
DonLewis on August 12, 2006 at 11:59 am

My photograph of the IRIS sign View link

mikemorano
mikemorano on August 12, 2006 at 1:44 pm

Was this theatre open when you photographed it Don Lewis. Some of the most common names I found for movie theatres were Bijou, Rialto, Tivoli, Adelphi, and Odeon. Bijou means jewel in French.

theirisroom
theirisroom on September 10, 2007 at 5:01 pm

hello…I purchased a building that once was the IRIS movie theatre many years ago..I have converted it into a banquet hall. but I want to put back some of the old movie theatre look. There are no pictures of the interior of my IRIS. So if anyone has any old pictures of their IRIS theatre please send me a copy. What I want to do is perhaps take some of each of the pictures of the IRIS and reconstruct the look of the old time theatre. I even want to put back a front markee of the IRIS…Thanks for any help…Joe Hig

WHITEFIELD
WHITEFIELD on December 15, 2007 at 5:02 pm

Here is a good photo of the Iris.
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 15, 2007 at 7:24 pm

To expand briefly on the comments made back in 2004 by Bryan Krefft and Jim Rankin in response to the question by DavidH about the early popularity of the name Iris for movie theatres; The name was an apt appellation for movie theatres because the movie camera itself has an iris, so called after the iris of the eye. The camera iris was an intricate technological wonder of the age, and probably impressed people of the time as much as our various electronic gadgets impress us now.

Both the iris of the eye and the iris flower had, because of their varied colors (and, in the case of the eye, because it conveyed information, i.e. messages), received the name of the ancient Greek Goddess Iris who, as Bryan pointed out, was the Goddess of the colorful rainbow, as well as a messenger of Olympus.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 8, 2008 at 7:34 pm

The current occupant has a photo of the theater on its site:
http://tinyurl.com/ytlgy7

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 5, 2008 at 6:13 pm

A 1980s photo of the Iris Theater when it was still open as a movie theater. It still had a marquee and “Friday the 13th” was showing.

TerrellTXDP
TerrellTXDP on August 13, 2008 at 2:33 am

The owners of the building are having the old Iris sign repaired. Soon it will be lighting up Terrell again. I have posted pictures of the building as it looks today at my site.

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm

This theater was featured in a 1953 theater owners' documentary about the financial devastation wrought by the 20% federal tax, plus other encroachments on the box office, such as television.

The doc is called “The Case Against the 20% Federal Admission Tax on Motion Picture Theaters” and is a treasure trove of theaters operating but in imminent trouble, including long looks at their still-open theaters, marquees, etc., and interviews with the owners.

There are also plenty of shots of already-closed theaters; the writing was really on the wall already.

TCM ran this movie on 11/1/09 at about 6am and I stumbled upon it by accident; I don’t know when it will screen again but it is well worth seeking out.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on November 4, 2009 at 7:37 pm

If you are seeking interior photographs of the Iris Theatre, you might visit your local library, city hall or put out a request for help from possibly a seniors club, etc.

Good luck and “GO FOR IT”

P.S., You have a very famous black movie star hailing from your city (sorry, his name escapes me) but if you are non-profit, why not ask for his backing, especially for publicity and re-opening!

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