Dixie Theatre

1315 Elm Street,
Dallas, TX 75202

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Dixie Theatre

The Dixie Theatre opened at 1315 Elm Street in 1910. The Dixie Theatre suffered a projection room fire in 1929 and never reopened. It was demolished in 1932.

Contributed by Jeanette Howeth Crumpler

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dallasmovietheaters on January 9, 2017 at 9:04 am

Working backwards, the former Dixie Theatre was demolished in July of 1932. The Dixie has suffered a projection booth fire on January 10, 1929 and appeared to not re-open. The main operator was David Bernbaum who had opened a turn of the century nickelodeon in New York City and helped form the Robb & Rowley Circuit in Dallas. The first operator of the Dixie – which most peg opening in 1910 – was under William McIlheran and transferring to Bernbaum within two years.

Addressing the also known as: 1) The Theatorium’s address might have been more likely in the 300 block of Elm where the Bush Temple Theatre took over having its grand opening on October 18, 1908. 2) While the Wonderland could have been the opening name of this location for a period, the Dallas Photoplay House (aka “The Dallas”) at the corner – 1301 Elm – is a much more likely home to that store-show era theater.

My best guess is that this was the Dixie Theatre at opening through its closing with the Theatrorium at 307/9 Elm and the Wonderland at 1301 Elm. But that’s only a guess based on the newspaper and trade articles.

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