Bell Theatre

Main Street,
Temple, TX 76501

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

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The 300-seat Bell Theatre was opened on October 15, 1921. It was listed as (Closed) in 1933, but it had reopened by 1935. By 1941 the Bell Theatre was was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Hoblitzelle & O'Donnell. By 1950 the seating capacity had increased to 573. It was still open in 1956, but had closed by 1957.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 27, 2022 at 12:07 pm

The naming of the Bell Theatre was the subject of a brief article in the Temple Daily Telegram of September 25, 1921. The new building was being erected on Main Street and would accommodate over 500 seats on main floor and balcony, as well as two storefronts. Owner W. F. Sonneman hoped to have the house opened by October 8, but said that a delay was possible. As it turned out, the house opened Saturday morning, October 15.

Also advertised in the Telegram during this period were houses called the Gem Theatre and the Crescent Theatre, both of which had been listed in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory, along with a house called the Temple Theatre, which was gone by 1921.

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