Downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, in the mid 1940’s was a bustling metropolis for a boy of 7 just away from the farm and ranch community where he was born. My father, a cook and cowboy by trade, had just started as one of the first cooks for the Casa Manana restaurant in 1947. He moved us to an apartment on Ohio Street, right across from the Gem Theater, between 7th and 8th Streets. It’s here that we would stay for the next three years. The Gem Theater became a magic palace for a young mind. But it had to share that distinction with the rest of the magic that was Wichita Falls. I attended San Jacinto and Carrigan elementary schools, as well as Reagan Junior High, and belonged to the Boys Club on 6th Street. Please join, and share your stories and pictures through a Guest Blog, of early Wichita Falls - or your home town. Contact me at or leave a comment. We could use old pictures of movie houses, drive-in theaters, and other nostalgic pictures related to our youths.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Majestic Theater

The Majestic Theater on Indiana Street: I never went to this theater in Wichita Falls, as it must have been off the beaten path when we lived downtown.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal

Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal: Portrait from THE DAY THE EART STOOD STILL, the 1951 science fiction movie I first saw at the Tower Theater in Wichita Falls, Texas. After discussing UFOs with Art Sippo on his podcast, I watched the movie again this week.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Theater Ticket Booth

Theater Ticket Booth: A typical Saturday Matinee. I wonder what double feature bill was playing, what cartoon, and what chapter of what serial? Kids of today will never know what they missed.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Seymour Road Drive-In Theater

Here is the Seymour Road Drive-In Theater, located in Wichita Falls. I went to this theater many times as a teenager.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Royal Theater

The Royal Theater in Archer City was memorialized in Larry McMurty’s THE LAST PICTURE SHOW.

Monday, April 2, 2018


70-Year Anniversary: Not totally off topic; this weekend I watched this old serial once more. 70 years ago, in 1948, the Tower Theater in Wichita Falls ran the 15-chapter Columbia serial of the first screen Superman, featuring the first actor to play the Man of Steel, Kirk Alyn. I was there every Saturday for the Matinee, regardless of what features were playing to see this serial. I was 8-years-old, and had only just discovered Superman and Batman in comic books the previous year. The 1948 serial was one of the greatest thrills us kids had back then. It wasn’t the best serial, by far, as that honor must go to the great Republic serials, but for a kid of 8, it was the best at that time. As an adult I have collected almost 100 serials, and have enjoyed them again and again over the years. For those of you who remember the serials, what was your favorite, and what theater did you see it at?