Saenger Theatre
Texarkana, Texas

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219 Main Street, Texarkana, TX
Opened: November 18, 1924
1600 seats
Architect: Emile Weil


Postcard view of the Saenger Theatre, Texarkana




The Texarkana Saenger theatre opened in 1924, the same year as the Saenger Theatre in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Architect Emile Weil for both, his earliest Saenger-named theatres, utilized handsome Federal-style facades & ornate Adamesque interiors. Interior decoration of the Texarkana Saenger was a royal blue Italian Renaissance scheme, & the theatre was equipped with a 2 manual, 6 rank theatre organ from the Robert Morton Organ Company.

Built as a "combination house" with extensive stage facilities as well as film projection facilities, the theatre's opening night featured the live show "Foot Loose"; the next week D. W. Griffith's film "America" would run.


The large downtown theatre declined as a first-run house in the 1970s, but still ran movies until 1977. It was closed from 1977 to 1980, whle acquisition by the city of Texarkana was completed, & restoration was planned & carried out.

Roughly two-thirds of the $2.4 million restoration costs were raised by the City of Texarkana, Texas through grants and contributions of local citizens before the Perot Foundation was approached. The Perot Foundation and the Perot family were key to completing the restoration of the beautiful facility and their contribution was acknowledged by renaming the theatre. The Perot Theatre is now a performing arts center hosting plays, musicals, & concerts.

Nearing completion of the theatre's restoration, the theatre's original Robert Morton organ was returned from the Dallas buyer who'd purchased it in the 1960s.

The Perot Theatre is owned by the City of Texarkana, Texas, & operated by the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council.

Thanks to Randall Conry, Operations Director of Perot Theatre/TRAHC, Inc., for additional information.
2008 photographs of the Perot Theatre by Jonathan Fox




Other information:

  Perot Theatre, Historical, technical & event information from the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council

DINA - Southwest Arkansas Cultural Attractions, with interior photo of the Perot Theatre
Area Recreational/Cultural Interest, RRAD site with exterior photo of the Perot Theatre
Perot Theatre, photo & a short video at


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