Texas Theater

115 Eighth Street,
Ballinger, TX 76821

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Texas TheaterĀ© Ballinger TX Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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This is a small theater in downtown Ballinger. The building is probably from about 1910-1920, and originally opened as the Palace Theater. It was still operating in 1950.

The upper facade is yellow brick, the lower facade is plaster with orange and black tiles at street level. The sign is a very odd looking structure which is too big for the building and spells TEXAS in white letters on rounded blocks that get bigger toward the top. It was reopened in 2013

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 8, 2007 at 5:28 pm

The first Texan was destroyed on 1/8/62, according to the Austin Statesman:

Bellinger Fire Destroys Theater

Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the Texas Theater, a grill and a beauty shop early today in downtown Ballinger. The fire apparently started in the grill and spread rapidly. No estimate of the loss was made immediately but it was termed Ballinger’s largest fire since 1946 when another theater burned. Fire departments from Ballinger, Winters and Coleman battled the blaze.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 22, 2007 at 8:47 pm

This is supposed to be the Texas Theater in Ballinger, circa 1940. It doesn’t look like the other photos that have been posted, however. Perhaps there were two incarnations of the theater:
http://tinyurl.com/2z9oo4

MikeBaird
MikeBaird on December 30, 2007 at 4:17 pm

ken mc, The photo you are linking to is the original Texas Theatre along with the Texas Grill (notice the Texas Grill sign). My father was the owner of the Texas Grill when it burned and I was 16 years old at the time. He had no insurance and lost everything. He rebuilt it around the other side of the block on the corner opposite the Runnels County Courthouse. The sign was moved and is still there.

The previous pictures of the “Texas Theatre” are after the fire and are the old Palace Theatre renamed (it was originally for minorities). The suggestion that the fire started in the Grill are the first I have heard. I have always understood that local teens had played with fireworks in the theatre and later a smoldering seat broke into flames causing the fire.

BTW the business on the left side of the threatre was Daughteries Drug store before it became a beauty salon.

Any other questions, just ask. I was there.

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 21, 2009 at 7:59 am

A close up of the second Texas Theater box office.

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 21, 2009 at 8:10 am

Hello MBaird. As per your 2007 comment concerning questions would you please contact me @ Thanks

Don…

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 21, 2009 at 8:10 am

Hello MBaird. As per your 2007 comment concerning questions would you please contact me @ Thanks

Don…

DonLewis
DonLewis on January 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Still standing as of 2011 a photo (not from 2011) of the Texas Theater in Ballinger.

olfenite
olfenite on October 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I heard that the Texas Theater is being reopened as a dinner and movie theater. I saw some work being done on it about two weeks ago. I was wondering if anyone can confirm this or not.

Ballinger Movie Company
Ballinger Movie Company on October 8, 2013 at 11:38 am

Yes, the Ballinger Movie Company is renovating the theater for opening in 2014. The screen is in, the sound system is amazing, and the lounge upstairs is ready for club members! Web site should be up and running by early December.

The theater will be an asset to the area, including live music, stage productions, and will be available for community events and meetings.

allanhowls
allanhowls on December 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Hi, is there any update on a website or opening date? I’ve been trying to contact the theatre.

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