Dixie Theater

18 E. Price Street,
Paris, TX 75460

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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Inc. & Texas Consolidated Theaters Inc.

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Dixie Theater ... Paris Texas

The Dixie Theater was opened in July 1937 by the Interstate Theatres Inc. at Dallas which
was headed by Karl Hoblitzelle. Claude Musselman was a partner for Paris, and
opened the Dixie to accommodate an African-American audience. J.T.Hughes was the first manager, providing the Western’s and serials for the huge weekend crowds.

The Dixie Theater took a back seat for a couple months with grand opening of the North Star Theater in 1943.

Claude Musselman retired from Interstate Theatres Inc. in 1948 and purchased full control of the Dixie Theater and Lamar Theater.

The Dixie Theater was opened on weekends, but with Musselman’s complete retirement in 1950, the Dixie Theater was shut down, and the Lamar Theater was sold.

The Dixie Theater had been closed half a century when I last visited the site, but the small structure was still standing, though in a state of disrepair.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 6, 2009 at 9:39 am

A partial view of the Dixie Theater from 1939/40 in Paris Texas. Being shown at the time were several westerns featuring Gene Autry, William “Hopalong Cassidy” Boyd and John Wayne.

rivest266 on June 20, 2015 at 12:38 pm

July 2nd, 1948 ad for new ownership in photo section

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