Liberty Hall

103 E. Erwin Street,
Tyler, TX 75702

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm

From Tyler a photo of the Liberty Theatre prior to the ugly tile work.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 3, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Motion Picture Times of June 24, 1930, said that the new Liberty Theatre at Tyler, Tex., had opened on on June 18. The owners and operators of the house were Mr. and Mrs. William Shieldes. They had earlier operated the Queen Theatre in Tyler, but had sold it to the Dent circuit, which in turn had been bought by Publix. The opening feature at the new Liberty was “Blaze of Glory.”

The May 6, 1944, issue of Boxoffice said that William Shieldes had begun his exhibition career in Tyler in 1919, that he had operated as an independent until 1934, and had joined the Interstate Circuit in 1935. In 1944 he was city manager at Tyler for Interstate.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on April 7, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I have about 100 pictures of the inside of the liberty as i went to TYLER to buy the theater.I did move to Tyler to open another bsns but did not buy this theater.All the pics are on film.

philbertgray
philbertgray on September 17, 2008 at 1:55 pm

The photos in the above comment section were taken inside the Liberty Theater in 2004.

philbertgray
philbertgray on September 17, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Several interior Views of the Liberty Theater posted on My Space. The proscenium looks intact but the rest of the theater appears to be a mess as far as structure. Could not connect the pictures with a date. There are two pages worth. Click on each picture to enlarge.

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 18, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Don, “from personal experience”? Have you visited this theater?

If the town bought the theater to refurbish it, are you telling them to forget it? That would be disappointing for cinema treasures fans to do that, don’t you think?

philbertgray
philbertgray on July 18, 2008 at 2:52 pm

I received an email from Sam Kidd, Treasurer and Docent of the Smith County Historical Society in Tyler TX. According to Mr. Kidd the city of Tyler Tx recently purchased the Liberty Theatre and is going to refurbish it for use by the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and other events.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 26, 2008 at 5:19 pm

it is coooooooollllllll

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longislandmovies on January 26, 2008 at 4:05 pm

the building now is much much nicer on the outside than in 1986!

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longislandmovies on August 19, 2007 at 9:58 am

Nothing has changed .that is the sad part………..

philbertgray
philbertgray on August 19, 2007 at 9:38 am

I found this (sad) article on the state of the Liberty theatre and the attempts to turn it into a restaurant of sorts.

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The Article was from 2003 so I imagine much has changed since then.

I used to go to this theatre as well as the Tyler and Arcadia in the mid 1950s, mostly on Saturdays. I was given a dollar and could spend the whole day at the three theatres in downtown Tyler. The Liberty showed a lot of the American International double bill horror films. They occasionally had a blockbuster and some of the MGM musicals as well. I saw C. B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” there.

The last film I saw at the Liberty was MGM’s “Les Girls” in 1958 before we moved to Corsicana Texas. The Liberty had the best popcorn. I could smell it outside of the theatre as I walked up to buy a ticket.

Phil Gray

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 31, 2007 at 3:30 pm

THEATER HAS BEEN SOLD!

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longislandmovies on November 17, 2006 at 3:02 am

First time i have seen this ,,,,,,,,the tile work is very nice!@

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on August 10, 2006 at 5:26 am

Re-listed on mls $165,000.oo

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 26, 2006 at 8:00 pm

My photo of the LIBERTY View link

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on March 2, 2006 at 8:08 pm

just relisted on loopnet 190,000.00

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longislandmovies on January 28, 2006 at 6:22 am

still waiting for someone to save her///////

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longislandmovies on April 27, 2005 at 3:39 pm

looks the same as of april 1st 2005- for sale $200,000.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 26, 2005 at 2:33 pm

2004 picture of the LIBERTY in 2004 @ www.vanishingmovietheaters.net

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on April 5, 2005 at 12:11 am

What can i say about this theater as i just came back from texas as More to come as i have timei made a trip from ny too see it.This will never open as a theater again . The outside of the theater looks great but thats were it ends .The street its on is very nice…….

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on March 19, 2005 at 6:20 pm

THeater looks great from the outside….

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on March 15, 2005 at 11:52 pm

CHUCK WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW this theater?