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Texas Theater (Palace Theater)

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1926, Theodore S. Maffitt; 1936 remodeled; c. 1990 restored. 107 S. Waco St.

Built in 1926 as the Palace Theater by R and R Theaters and designed by Palestine (Texas) architect Maffitt, the theater was updated in 1929 with a name change and remodeled in 1936 with the Moderne vertically banded front replacing the original classical facade. Dallas-based Harold B. Robb and E. H. Rowley built R and R theaters across three states and also operated the Best/Ritz Theater on the south side of the square.

The three-story former bank nearby at S. Waco and E. Elm, built between 1905 and 1911, has diffused glass in the upper sash of third-floor windows, a sign that spaces inside were used to class cotton with the aid of shadowless north light.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Texas Theater (Palace Theater)", [Hillsboro, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 266-266.

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