108 N. Lamar Street,
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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Inc. & Texas Consolidated Theaters Inc.
Architects: Henry T. Phelps
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Connollee Theatre
Built in 1920 as the Connollee Theatre (named after one of Eastland’s founding fathers), this small theatre featured silent films and stage shows, as well as beauty contests and the occasional opera.
In the 1930’s, the Connollee Theatre began hosting live radio broadcasts every Saturday. Gene Autry and his horse Champion even appeared on stage at the Connellee Theatre once.
In 1947, Interstate Theatres Inc. bought the Connellee Theatre and completely remodeled it in the Art Moderne style, with touches of Western décor. It was reopened as the Majestic Theatre, and continued as a first run theatre until closing in 1986.
The following year, a group of Eastland citizens got together to renovate the theatre as the town’s civic center, and it reopened later that year, looking much as did in 1947.
It now features a varied mix of first run and classic films, concerts, and stage shows, as well as hosting meetings in its auditorium.
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