POSTED: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 7:44pm
Longview, TX (Longview News-Journal) — Paula Kaplan’s father, Robert Cargill, loved going to see movies.
If he had to babysit her, he would take her to the Arlyne on Methvin Street in downtown Longview, she said. (The Arlyne was Longview’s first fully air conditioned public building.)
“He was a movie buff,” Kaplan said.
Cargill, who died in 1986, was an entrepreneur who started in the wholesale grocery business and made his money in the oil patch, as his son, Robert Cargill Jr., describes him.
“He figured if you make a bunch of money you’ve got to do something with it,” the younger Cargill said.
So he built a movie theater, but not just any theater — the Cargill Theater. (He built the theater, the Contessa Inn across the street, the car dealership next door and a gas station and leased them to other people to operate, his son recalls.)
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