KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - By Jamey Boyum - email
KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - It was theater, a restaurant and even a storage building for the city of Kilgore, but it's about to be full of people once again.
Kilgore's Texan theater is back, although, really, it never went anywhere. It has always been in downtown Kilgore, since 1942.
"When the Crim Theater closed, this one was built to service downtown Kilgore," explained Fallon Burns, with the city of Kilgore. "Unfortunately, it has suffered two fires."
The first one destroyed it. After being re-built, a second fire started in the kitchen, when it was a catfish restaurant in the 80's. Now, Jake Brown and his dad, Jerry, are converting it back into a theater and they could read the writing on the sidewalk.
"These are famous singing cowboys that brought the Texan back to life in its day," said Jake Brown.
They are going to put the singing cowboy back in the theater along with the rest of his respective bandmates. Sort of like Kilgore's very own Grand 'Ole Opry and they plan on using as much original theater material as possible.
"This is the original stage the movie screen was on, and we plan on using the wood as our bar top when we build our bars," explained Brown.
"We're lucky to have these gentlemen who want to work on it for us," said Burns.
Texans performing at the Texan makes you wonder if that was what was supposed to happen here all along.
Friday the music starts at 6 p.m. and features Brenda Kay who is nominated for female vocalist of the year in the Texas Music Awards. It's $15 for three bands and the Texan doesn't serve food, but other Texans will have food booths set up outside.