Ellis Theatre

217 S. Main Street,
Perryton, TX 79070

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Ellis Theatre, Perryton, TX

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This small theater appears to have been built in the 1920’s, but heavily modified. The marquee is wonderful, and probably dates from the 1940’s or 1950’s. The street level has received an unfortunate coating of small multicolored tiles, possibly at the same time the new marquee was put up. The theater has probably been twinned. It was advertising two movies, but only one showtime. There is also a video rental business on the premises.

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brentclarkf
brentclarkf on December 20, 2004 at 12:05 am

This one’s bigger than it looks! It has an opera pit. It also has hanging lamps with cherubs on them. I guess they were oil or gas lights??? Others things have certainly been “modernized.” Still it’s a pretty interesting theatre.

brentclarkf
brentclarkf on January 4, 2005 at 12:49 am

I just met the Ellis’s owner, and he has plans to restore it as we speak. In fact, he making really good progress. The main auditorium looks great! It has some really interesting mural work, and yes, the hanging lamps are still there. There are 4 of them in all. I mistakenly said the featured cherubs. In fact, they feature women figures dressed in flowing blue gowns. They’re quite impressive. The twin auditorium is the next door building, but it was “twinned” in such a way as to not harm the original theatre.
It’s a really nice theatre!

brentclarkf
brentclarkf on January 16, 2005 at 11:51 pm

Charles, I have regular, paper photos of the Ellis but nothing digital. Guess I need to finally buy a new camera. Cindy and I love visiting these old theaters, meeting their owners, and hearing their stories. We’ve been to quite a few in Oklahoma, Kansas, eastern Colorado, and the Texas Panhandle. Do you have any favorites in these areas that we might enjoy visiting?

brentclarkf
brentclarkf on May 10, 2005 at 3:10 pm

We plan on revisiting this one this summer to see the restoration progress. I’ll make sure we take digital pix this time. The Lyric Theatre in Spearman, TX., is also close to this one. We’ll visit and photograph it, too. As always we’ll post asap.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 10, 2007 at 1:18 pm

This is a photo of the Ellis Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 22, 2007 at 3:50 pm

Here is a 2007 photo of the Ellis Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 20, 2008 at 9:29 am

A 2002 photo can be seen here.

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