Big Night in a Small Town
by Jack Terry
For several decades the main attraction in the small Texas town of Kerrville was the Arcadia Theater. The Arcadia first opened its doors in 1926 and many celebrities including Will Rodgers, Clark Gable and the "Father of Country Music" Jimmy Rodgers were among the early performers.
Originally the theater was designed for vaudeville and other stage productions. In the 1940's the Arcadia hosted a radio show produced by KABC and in the late 1950's to early 60's was the site for several Miss Texas preliminary pageants as well as the pageant itself.
The Arcadia was remodeled in 1948 to add more seating and improve motion picture capabilities. By the mid 1980's the theater was out-dated by modern multi-screen theater complexes and closed its doors for the last time in 1988.
In 1991 the Guadalupe Arts Alliance began restoration on the structure in order to serve the community as a successful center for plays, concerts, musical theater, lectures, community and religious group activities. The GAA also intends the Arcadia workshops and seminars and acting as home away from home for traveling artists.
Proceeds from sales of "Big Night In a Small Town", an original lithograph depicting the Arcadia Theater in 1948, will help to further this worthy cause.
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