The last stop of the trip was the Paramount Theatre in Marshall, Texas. The Paramount opened in 1930, and has had a number of different uses over the years. After it closed as a theater, it was used as a western themed dinner theater, and then a recording studio. The building is currently for sale.
After making a quick stop at the Dallas Fort Worth Airport to drop off some of my road trip companions, I headed over to the Berry Theatre in Fort Worth. The theater opened as the White Theatre in the early 1940s, and was eventually renamed the Berry Theatre after the street in resides on.
The next stop on the trip was the Okla Theatre in McAlester, Oklahoma. The Okla opened on July 10, 1931 and closed on September 4, 1989. The city of McAlester is currently trying to restore and reopen the theater. For more information check out their website:
The fourth theater I visited was the Booth Theatre in Independence, Kansas. The Booth opened in 1927 and closed in 1980. It was used as a church for a few years before closing for good. In 1991 the Booth Theatre Foundation was started to renovate and reuse the theater. For more information on the Booth Theatre foundation visit their facebook page:
The next theater I visited was the Jayhawk Theatre in Topeka, Kansas. The Jayhawk opened in August of 1926, and has been closed since May 1976. For more information visit the website of the organization trying to restore the theater:
Day two was spent photographing the Lyric Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama. The Lyric opened in 1914 as a vaudeville theater, and was eventually converted to show films. More information can be found at