Peak Theatre

1315 N. Peak Street,
Dallas, TX 75204

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Previously operated by: Long Theaters

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Peak Theater Building ca. 1990

The Peak Theatre was opened in 1915 with 600 seats. It was remodeled in 1945, with the seating capacity increased to 695. It was closed on December 16, 1955 with Burt Lancaster in “The Kentuckian” & Arthur Franz in “New Orleans Uncensored”. The unused theatre was destroyed by a fire on February 6, 1956. The theatre owner, 29 years old Kenneth Ward Crabtree, was indicted of arson, as investigators found the building had been doused with petroleum.

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TLSLOEWS on July 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Wow 2 comments ,no abuse of this page.Great History though.

matt54 on September 15, 2011 at 2:52 am

Chuck – consult the magic book and tell us when the Peak opened/closed! In all the years I spent growing up in Dallas, I never once heard of this theatre – I am intrigued!

perceval on April 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

It had to have been gone by the late 60s, because I lived in that area when I was a kid, and would have remembered a movie theater in the neighborhood.

dallasmovietheaters on October 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm

The Peak Theater opened at 1315 N. Peak near Bryan St. in Dallas in 1915 owned by A.D. Bethard with a seating capacity of 600 at opening. During the Depression, the Peak offered free midnight shows for the poor and unemployed. The former owner of the Melrose Theater, P.G. Cameron, purchased the theater Feb. 16, 1935. This would time out to a 20 year lease for the original owner. Cameron updated the theater in 1945 which likely accounts for the additional seat count of 695 cited above. At that time, Cameron’s portfolio also included the Urban and Grove.

The final operator of the theater, Kenneth Ward Crabtree, bought the theater in 1953 at age 26. His last film appears to be the December 16, 1955 showing of “The Kentuckian” and “New Orleans Uncensored.” There are no more bookings or ads for the Peak thereafter. And, unfortunately for the Peak and Crabtree, he was indicted, charged with arson for burning the theater down on Feb. 6, 1956. Investigators found that the theater had been doused in petroleum that — once lit — wrecked the theater which was later demolished as a result. The space was taken by J&J Manufacturing which ironically suffered a catastrophic fire that obliterated the building and left a black smoke path miles long across East Dallas.

JohnnyRaven on December 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I went to the Peak St. Theater when I was young. For a dime you could see a double feature, three or four serials and cartoons and sometimes a magic show. The price was raised to 25 cents, but we got a drink and a hot dog. We used to walk from Junius St. every Saturday to see the shows. My favorite was Lash LaRue and the Rocket man.

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