La Rita Performing Arts Theatre

311 Denrock Avenue,
Dalhart, TX 79022

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OCRon on October 19, 2016 at 1:09 am

According to these news clips, La Rita, designed by J. Roy Smith, opened February 4, 1931.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Other Voices, Other Towns: The Traveler’s Story, by Caleb Pirtle III, says that the La Rita Theatre closed as a movie house in 1957 and remained dark for nearly a third of a century, finally being renovated for use by the Dalhart Community Theatre in 1989.

Seth on August 25, 2004 at 11:00 am

Charles, I’ve been listing as closed things that are no longer movie theaters. I don’t see much difference between retail and music shows as far as cinema goes. Of course one preserves the venue better, but neither shows any movies, which is what the site is about. I also am not sure about listing the performing arts places under their current names. After all, this was just the La Rita Theater, and we should list it as such. We don’t list the MacArthur Theater in DC as a CVS.