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Pines Theater

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1925, Shirley Simons; 1949 remodeled; 2012 restored, Goodwin-Lassiter-Strong. 113 S. 1st St.

The exuberant floral and scalloped facade is the result of a 1949 remodeling. At its grand opening in 1925 showing the Coast of Folly with Gloria Swanson, the Pines had a Romanesque Revival front with three small blind arches under a sweeping large arch. Built by local contractor W. P. Berry for the Lufkin Amusement Company, the Pines showed films until 1984. A religious group used the building until 2005, and in 2007 it was acquired by the city. Conditions were desperate by then, with a collapsed roof and flooded interiors. Over a period of years, the facade and marquee were restored and the interior gutted and rebuilt as a multipurpose venue.

The three-story Masonic Building (1916) at 122 S. 1st is an early work of San Antonio–based Ralph H. Cameron (1892–1970). Projecting corner bays frame the facades like towers.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Pines Theater", [Lufkin, 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, 42-42.

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