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 in 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.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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DonLewis on April 22, 2008 at 9:27 pm

A 1987 view of the Ector Theater in Odessa.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 18, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Address is 500 North Texas Avenue. Website

DonLewis on March 1, 2009 at 12:15 am

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm

This is another photo of the Ector.

millsbranch on April 7, 2011 at 8:50 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

DonLewis on January 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

A 1987 photo of the Ector Theatre in Odessa.

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