Details for Best Theatre Building (Atlas Number 5309000386)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5309000386


Marker Number 386
Atlas Number 5309000386
Marker Title Best Theatre Building
Index Entry Best Theatre Building
Address 218 N Main
City West
County McLennan
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 679347
UTM Northing 3519730
Subject Codes saloons; buildings; opera houses and theatre; design and construction
Marker Year 1994
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 218 N Main
Marker Size Medallion and Plate
Marker Text Constructed by town founder Thomas M. West and local contractor J.W. Bridges about 1890, this building housed two saloons until prohibition in 1919 promoted its conversion into a grocery store and bakery. Jim Tobola modified the building in 1923 to house the Best Theatre, which offered vaudeville, local entertainment, and movies before closing in 1976. The building's whimsical architecture includes metal semicular awnings and cast concrete globe-like finials. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1994