Mac Theater

612 Cowboy Way,
Plains, TX 79355

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Mac Theater

Opened in 1947, the Mac Theater stands deserted and testament to better times in the dusty and empty West Texas town of Plains.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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Seth on August 17, 2004 at 6:23 pm

Wow, I thought no-one would ever post this before me. Plains didn’t look like a car had come through in 20 years. Tragic little place. The ticket booth had no glass left and was full of debris. It looked like you could hop in and crawl through a broken door to get inside (judging by the beer bottles, this was not a new idea), but I chickened out.

Seth on August 25, 2004 at 1:48 pm

Turns out my picture of this theater didn’t come out. Auto focus fails every once in a while. Charles is indeed a goldmine of info on theaters. He’s helped me ID a few that I couldn’t put a name to. I have hundreds of pictures, but it seems like that feature may never come back. I’m almost out of TX theaters to post, and I’ve relocated to VA. The field will be all yours soon.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on May 9, 2009 at 10:49 am

A view from 2009 of the Mac Theater in Plains.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2018 at 5:34 pm

An article about Plains in the August 13, 1948 issue of the Lubbock Morning Avalanche had these lines which were probably about the Mac Theatre, the design of which appears to be from that period:

“A new motion picture theater was constructed by Mr. and Mrs. Don McGinty last year at a cost of $40,000. Plains is proud of the late pictures shown there and of the fact that visitors come from Brownfield and Denver City to see movies in Plains.”
My guess would be that Mac was Mr. McGinty’s nickname.

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