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Drive-by Architecture

THE GRAND THEATER
Electra, Texas

1921
Meador & Wolfe Architects

The Grand was built to be an opera house. Of course, Texas never took that designation seriously. All around the state, opera houses served a variety of functions. On rare occasions an opera may have actually been performed, but it was dances, political functions and vaudeville that paid off the mortgage.
 
Electra Texas Grand Theatre
Electra's Grand Theater
Photo Courtesy Bob Holman
 
Electra's first theater was the Air Dome. This was one of an unusual type of theater that was widely known, especially in warmer climates. Walls were built, but there was no roof. Matinees of course were not shown. There was a "half roof" extending over a small rear portion of the seats in case of rain.

Other theaters in
Electra over the years have included the Crown, Dixie, Liberty, Garden and Roxy. The Roxy is singled out for the reputation it had for the poor condition of their prints. Breaks in the film were so frequent that the audience started chanting Roxy! Roxy! until the broken film could be spliced back together. Its reputation was set in stone when film breaks in other theaters would receive the same chant of Roxy! Roxy!

The Grand had 6 loges, just in case they did host an operatic performance. .......... Grand Theatre continued >
 
 
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