Historic Mineola Theater debutes "Pride of Mineola"
POSTED: Friday, March 22, 2013 - 10:30pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 5:18pm
Mineola, Tx — Mineola's "Select Theater" first opened in 1920, and it's been in operation ever since. In fact, it's the longest continual running theater in Texas. The theater not only shows movies, it also hosts live performances with Lake Country Playhouse. Lake Country Playhouse Committee members Sharon Chamblee and Barbara Musgraves have been working hard on a documentary, "Pride of Mineola", to show locals how it all started.
Musgraves says, "This is the history of the theater, and we wanted to have that on film. We want that history for the future generation." Work on the documentary all began after a chance meeting with director Mark Eversole. "We talked about our town and I told him about our theater and he became very intrigued, and he volunteered to do a documentary for us."
This documentary has plenty of history to cover; nine-three years worth, in fact. Locals were excited to share their memories of how this important historical Mineola theater has been apart of their life, but they're even more excited to see the finished product. Director Eversole says, "We've worked over two years. During the process we interviewed forty people who grew up in Mineola, and had experiences with the theater. It's been very rewarding and interesting. There's a common thread through all of them. The community."
Tonight the movie goers will get the feel of seeing a movie in the 1920s. The theater has been remodeled to look like it did when it first opened, and for the premiere night of the documentary movie tickets are the same price they were in 1920: twenty cents.
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