Peoples Theatre

425 Procter Street,
Port Arthur, TX 77640

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

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Peoples Theatre

The Peoples Theatre was opened in 1913. My father told me that he went to the Peoples Theatre when he was a kid and saw many Gene Autry singing cowboy movies. It was closed in 1955.

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cherokee1940 on April 19, 2005 at 12:37 am

I will be taking pictures of downtown Port Arthur soon. The site states People’s theatre was closed in the 1950’s but I grew up in the 1950’s. It must have been the 60’s. You can barely even tell the building was the People' Theatre. I am trying to research the Strand which the building no longer exits but the stripes on the sidewalk identify this theatre. There is a pavilion there now. What a loss. I will post some pictures there but it will be about a month before that happens. Either there or the class site Interesting site here, does not list the Strand in Port Arthur.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 19, 2005 at 3:18 am

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook,1943 as being operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Julius Gordon. Seating is listed as 926 in the F.D.Y. edition for 1950.

kencmcintyre on October 31, 2006 at 4:00 pm

So much for that link. Here is the text of a 1925 ad for some films that were playing at the Peoples. I’ll bet you didn’t know that there was another Harrison Ford in the twenties:

Peoples, Cameo and Liberty Theaters Announce Wealth of
Entertainment for Movie Fans

Not in recent months have Port Arthur movie theaters gathered together such an offering of pictures that are calculated to stretch the imagination of movie fans and stir the emotions of romance, pathos and mystery as those to be shown during the coming week.

“The Lost World” a picturization of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel
of prehistoric monsters and modern lovers, is to be shown at the Peoples theatre next Sunday.

Sunday through Wednesdayâ€"-Corinne Griffith in “The Marriage Whirl"
with Kenneth Harlan and Harrison Ford; also Pathe comedy, "Hard
Boiled” and Newsreel.
Thursday through Saturdayâ€"“The Trouble With Wives” with Florence
Vidor, Tom Moore, Esther Ralston and Ford Sterling: also
Pathe comedy. “Royal Four Flusher.” and Newsreel.
Next Sundayâ€"“The Lost World,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “ stupendous
story with Bessie Love. Lewis Stone, Wallace Beery and Lloyd Hughes.

darrenparlett on August 12, 2013 at 8:47 pm

i love these old cinemas

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