Neat things are happening at an old Texas movie house with an infamous past. For this week's Lone Star Adventure FOX 4's Richard Ray takes us to Oak Cliff and the Texas Theatre.
The Texas Theatre will forever be infamous as the place where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested after the assassination of President Kennedy and the murder of Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit. More than four decades later people still come to see the place.
The Texas Theater is once again what it was meant to be, a film house that spins movies seven nights a week. The movie selection includes silent films with live piano accompaniment.
The theatre is owned by the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce and is now leased by Aviation Cinemas. They hope to revive it with art films and documentaries.
On April 21st the Texas Theatre is planning to hold a big celebration to mark their 80th anniversary. The theatre will show the same films that played on opening night, April 21st, 1931.
A playbill from the opening night still survives, listing the feature film and the shorts. That's where film collector Jim Reid came in. Reid used the internet to track down film collectors. He was able to find a rare print of the Buster Keaton comedy, Parlor, Bedroom and Bath, which is now at the top of the film lineup. Reid is adding previews, cartoons and a newsreel from his own collection.
The theater and its bar have become something of a hangout for local filmmakers. It's a place for production folks to share ideas, brainstorm and meet others in the business.
For more information about the Texas Theatre and their movie schedule please visit their website.
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