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Texas Theater [QUIZ]

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Theaters have always been a form of entertainment long before the induction of movies. Ancient Roman and Greek theaters such as the theatre of Epidaurus, constructed in the 4th century BC, are still utilized today. In the U.S. the first movie theater was in Pittsburg in 1905, admittance was five cents. Although cost of going to the theater is significantly more today, entertainment for families is still the same. Can you guess these iconic Texas theaters?

1. Opened in April 1938 as the first movie theater in the Lubbock area. Movies are no longer played there, this theater is now used for live entertainment.
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2. Originally named Majestic's, this Austin theater still uses a hemp-house system and a hand painted curtain. In 2014 President Obama gave a speech there.
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3. When this Llano theater opened in 1927 admission was 30 cents for adults and 10 for children. In 1951 a fire consumed most of the building.
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4. A little more than three years after its grand opening this theater in Georgetown showed its first film with sound. It is also known as oldest continuously operated movie theatre in the same building in Williamson County.
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5. Built for University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University students in 1949. The last renovation was completed in 1995 and cost 1.95 million dollars.
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6. For some time it was the largest theater in Texas and second in the nation. It was also the first to have air conditioning. The first movie shown was “Movietone Follies”. Today this theater is home to the San Antonio Symphony and Broadway Across America San Antonio.
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7. The town of Mason in the Texas Hill Country was home to not only this theater but author Fred Gipson. Gipson books “Old Yeller” and “Savage Sam” which were made into movies. Special premiers were held at this theater.
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8. Opened in late 1929, this theater had vaudeville and movies. Vaudeville is a theatrical genre of variety entertainment. This Midland theater is home to Summer Mummers.
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9. Almost 20 years after its opening, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” premiered in 1946 at this Beaumont theatre. In attendance, star James Stewart and director Frank Capra.
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10. Opened in 1915 in Claude, the original owner would show movies in a vacant lot before moving into a building. In 1963 the movie “HUD” starring Paul Newman was filmed in Armstrong County and therefore showcased at this theater.
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