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Lake Country Playhouse (Select Theater)

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1920; 1935 rebuilt; 1948 renovated and altered. 114 N. Johnson St.

When it opened in 1920, the theater was part of the Select Pictures movie house chain that operated in Texas. The 475-seat theater burned in 1931, was rebuilt in 1935, and received a significant makeover in 1948, including an exterior modernization. The 1948 renovation created the cantilevered angled marquee, the porcelain metal and neon rocket ship tower that terminates in a small illuminated globe, and the recessed and angled box office window and entrance doors. The tower competes successfully with a steeple on the Baptist church located one block north. The Select is the oldest continuously operating theater in the state. In 1993, a group of actors purchased the theater and have brought in live musical and theatrical productions while still showing movies on the weekends.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Lake Country Playhouse (Select Theater)", [Mineola, 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, 111-111.

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