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"Rebirth of The Pines"

By Chris Adams
Built on First Street in downtown Lufkin in 1925, here is how the Moderne, single-screen Pines Theater appeared in July 2006:
Lufkin TX Pines Theater

Looking north, down First Street, January 2007:

Lufkin TX - First Street

And then suddenly, one morning in April 2007, the city of Lufkin awoke to find it in this condition:

Lufkin TX - Pines Theater Damaged
Lufkin TX - Pines Theater Damaged Marqee
No one is entirely sure what happened, but it was theorized an 18-wheeler or delivery truck somehow crashed in to it. It would remain in this state for two years.

By May 2008, I'd pretty much given up on it ever being repaired.
Lufkin TX - Pines Theater

I'd expected it to continue going down, but I was stunned (I literally gasped) to see it like this a year later, April 2009:

Lufkin TX - Pines Theater
Lufkin TX - Pines Theater

Now, to be honest, I'd heard rumors a restoration by the City of Lufkin was underway, but this looked like more of a dismantling, which it was. But instead of destroying, the removed neon and giant green glass, inlaid fleur-de-lis was all actually being refurbished:

Lufkin TX - Pines Theater Restored Night

WOW! (October 2009)

Lufkin TX - Pines Theater Ticket Booth Restored Night
What's old is new again. In fact, it's downright shiny.
Lufkin TX - Pines Theater Entrance Restored Night view

Way to go Lufkin! Bravo.

Lufkin TX - Pines Theater Restored day view
Article and photos copyright Chris Adams
Find Chris Adams' photos in Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/exquisitelyboredinnacogdoches

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