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Breathing New Life Into Historic Theater

The Texas Theatre was showing the movie “War is Hell” when Lee Harvey Oswald ran inside — without buying a ticket. Today, there are new plans for the Texas Theatre on Jefferson Boulevard. A group of local filmmakers will use the big screen to show “indie” films and perhaps a first-run movie from time to time.

Aviation Cinemas has leased the theater from the Oak Cliff Foundation, and the deal will allow restoration work on the building. A 40-foot-wide screen will be installed, and it will be movable, so the stage can be used for concerts and plays.

The Texas Theatre is set to re-open September 30th with the airing of “Return to Giant,” a documentary about the making of the Rock Hudson film.

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