Ector Theatre

500 North Texas Avenue,
Odessa, TX 79761

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Ector©...Odessa Texas

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The Ector Theatre opened as a single screen on August 1, 1951 with Loretta Young in “Half Angel”. This is a beautiful Art Moderne style house done in a dark orange brick with a corner entrance. From about 20 feet down the side and wrapping around the front is done in a green granite with geometic designs in square blocks that run around from the side to the cover the entire front of the theatre.

The marquee wraps around from the side to the front of the building. The vertical is still in use and is located on the corner of the building starting just above the marquee. Each geometric block along the side and the front has the pattern lined with neon.

The box office is located on the right side of the entrance doors and has a verigated pattern of aluminum around the base.

The theatre closed in 1985 but the city of Odessa now owns the Ector Theatre and went through a renovation of both the interior and exterior and has been operating it since August of 2001. It was closed May 14, 2016 with “The Last Picture Show”. The city of Odessa plans to renovate the building, but it will take several years to complete.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 28, 2009 at 4:15 pm

An image of a rare piece of Odessa theater history. These booklets were handed out to commemorate the Ector Theatre’s grand opening in 1951.

millsbranch
millsbranch on April 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Chuck—Hodge—Not Hall operated the Ector 1951-1985, it was opened
August 1, 1951 with Half Angel starring Joseph Cotton & Loretta Young
H. J. Hodge still resides at Odessa, and came to the city with the
opening of the new Ector in 1951
Billy Holcomnb

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 21, 2012 at 7:43 am

A 1987 photo of the Ector Theatre in Odessa.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 4, 2016 at 9:33 am

The Ector closed in June 2016. The story was in first posted in CT’s own Breaking News section. Here is an updated version.

http://www.azfamily.com/story/32308201/ector-county-theater-last-showing-tonight

rivest266
rivest266 on June 21, 2017 at 4:21 pm

full-page grand opening ad from July 31st, 1951 uploaded in the photo section and below:

rivest266
rivest266 on June 21, 2017 at 4:22 pm

another article below:

Found on Newspapers.com

rivest266
rivest266 on June 21, 2017 at 4:23 pm

Reopening ?: http://www.oaoa.com/news/government/city_of_odessa/article_1079a1de-1f25-11e7-9b23-ef78af1d73e7.html?mode=image&photo=0

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