Lamar Theater

202 Bonham Street,
Paris, TX 75477

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Lamar Theater

The Lamar Theater was a Claude Musseleman Theater built in 1929. It was opened on November 27, 1930. It was still open in 1956, but had closed by 1957.

By 2018 it was an empty roofless shell, with only the four walls standing.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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kencmcintyre on January 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm

The Google photo certainly looks like an old theater at 202 Bonham Street.

millsbranch on January 31, 2009 at 5:34 pm

The Lamar was opened by Claude Musselman in 1930 at 202 Bonham st.
Bonham street is Highway 82, which goes directly through the city.
The theater structure still stands, but bit the dust as a theater
in 1963

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 31, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Thanks for the correction panhandle. The Lamar did open in 1930 on Bonham St. Claude Musselman was responsible for opening most of the movie theaters in Paris.

The seating capacity was 452 downstairs and over a hundred upstairs.
As with so many other theaters, televison finished the Lamar off.

japetersen on April 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I am not sure completely but I believe that this theater is still working how ever it has been converted from film to stage. If there was a way to get a full picture of the front I would be able to tell you. If it is the one I think it is it has been renamed Plaza Theater and is now the home of Paris Community Theater. It is a corner building if that at all helps. The adress is 30 North Plz (the adress given is only about a block west on 82. The street names change only around the plaza as it changes from Lamar on the east end to bonham on the west) I do work with PCT and have spoken to meny people about the history of the buliding I know that it once was a screen theater and had an upper balcony. There have been meny renevations. (Finding a wroking outlet is a challange). Please let me know I would love to fill in this beautiful building’s past.

CSWalczak on October 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Two old photos of the Lamar can be seen here and here. An advertisement can be seen here.

rivest266 on April 17, 2021 at 12:23 pm

The Lamar Theatre opened on November 27th, 1930. Grand opening ad posted.

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