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, March 8, 2014

Some Other Theaters

Some Other Theaters

Mystery and western author Bill Crider posted a picture of an old movie theater (above) he attended in Alvin, Texas when he was young. I can’t make out the title, sorry.

Jean Pierre, a good friend from France, sent me some pictures of the old Eden Theater in St Jean d’Angely. This was one of the theaters American G.I.’s went to while station in France back in the 1960s. If you look close at some of the posters, you’ll notice that a lot of the movies we were offered were a bit racy. However, we also saw American flicks there too. I remember watching Westside Story once.

I’ve been awfully busy for the last few weeks, but I hope to get back to regular posts soon. Of course, we would love for someone to do a guest post for us sometime.

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