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Lee Theatre

408 Phelps
Littlefield TX

Demolished
Record #22191  
 Opened: 1924
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 800 seats
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Information for this tour was contributed by Jim Harris.

The first theater in Littlefield was a two-story tin theater named the Lee. Built in 1924 by A. C. Chesher, it stood where the Penny’s store is on the east side of Phelps - 408 Phelps. This large wood-frame, tin-covered building seated 800 people and included a large balcony. A melodeon-like keyboard called a Violano entertained theatergoers before, between, and during the silent films. The Lee was used for a number of civic activities including church meetings. As a theater, the Lee did so well that, within a very few months, the Cheshers and city manager Max McClure formed a new company, CM Theaters, and set out to build a more permanent second theater, the Palace, which opened in 1925. The Lee did not stand for long, and it was torn down sometime prior to 1938. The Penny’s store was built in its place, and the space is now in use by the Trinity Church Fellowship.



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