Texan Theater

110 E. Main Street,
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

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Functions: Housing, Retail

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Texan Theater...Grand Prairie Texas

Replacing an earlier 312-seat Texan Theater which was destroyed by fire in June 1943. The Texan Theater was rebuilt and reopened in 1944 and was owned at one time by Roy V. Starling.

By 2020 the building was in use as Main Retail & Lofts.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 7, 2007 at 1:19 pm

Autographed photo to Roy starling and his wife from Ken Maynard. Maynard enjoyed a long and prosperous career with Monogram/Allied Artists that began with silent films. He died in 1974.

Group photo of unidentified men holding a “Greater Monogram Pictures” banner. The man in the front row holding the right corner of the banner may possilby have been Roy Starling.
With thanks to Jeannette Davison for permission to post these photos.

rbrtptrck on June 15, 2008 at 8:47 am

I lived in Grand Prairie during world War II. The Texan showed double bills mainly meant for children—westerns, thrillers, detective movies,“B” musicals. Across the street and up the street, the “major” theatre showed the most popular “A” features from all the studios, including just about anything in Technicolor. Across the street from the Texan was another small theater which showed “darker,” more dramatic movies. These might be “A” movies, but serious or dramatic. I recall, for instance, that the Orson Welles “Jane Eyre” showed there, as well as “The Mask of Dimitrios.”

kencmcintyre on February 26, 2009 at 6:36 pm

There was a June 4, 1943 article in the Lubbock Morning Avalanche about a fire that destroyed the Texas Theater in Grand Prairie. Since the post immediately above recalls the theater being open during the war, I think this was a separate theater and not a typo.

Randy A Carlisle
Randy A Carlisle on March 24, 2020 at 9:38 pm

The structure that was built after the fire that destroyed the Texan, still stands today. Built in 1944, it’s known (today) as the Main Retail & Lofts..

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