LanTex Jamboree part of effort to renovate iconic Llano arts fixture

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

LLANO — For more than eight decades, the LanTex Theater has served up entertainment for Llano and the surrounding communities.

Now folks can help restore the theater to how it looked when it first opened in 1927, and all they have to do is enjoy a night of live, local music.

The LanTex Jamboree on Oct. 25 features a musical lineup of Highland Lakes talent. The event is 7-10 p.m. at the theater, 113 W. Main St.

“The musicians are all donating their time and abilities, so all the proceeds from the event go to the theater,” said Terry “Tex” Toler, the Llano Main Street director. The entertainment includes Eric Schuessler and Jenny Kelso of the Cadillac Gypsies, 11-year-old McKenzie Jones, Allan Ray Reed and Les Hartman as well as Garrett, Joel and Kevin Ratliff.

And, of course, we can’t forget Bucille Snotgrass.

Tickets for the event are $20 and available at the Llano Visitor Center, 100 Train Station Drive, and Llano City Hall, 301 W. Main St.

The city owns the LanTex Theater, which hosts numerous events, including the Llano Country Opry as well as regular feature movies. During the recent Llano Heritage Festival, people enjoyed a showing of John Wayne’s classic, “The Red River.”

Unlike other historic theaters in larger communities with big restoration budgets, the LanTex relies on another form of capital.

“We don’t have $300,000 or even $100,000 to do it,” Toler said. “We did it all with sweat equity. We have a great group of volunteers who have helped paint and work on the theater. We’re trying to get it back to that 1927 art deco look. And it’s getting there.”

One of the latest restoration projects revolves around seating.

“We like to say there’s not a bad seat in the LanTex, but there are several,” Toler added, referring to the condition of the seats. The current effort, including through the Jamboree, is to purchase better seats for the theater. Toler said they aren’t necessarily looking for new ones but just theater seats that are comfortable and don’t recline when they aren’t supposed to.

Along with enjoying the LanTex Jamboree to support the restoration efforts, people can also make donations by calling Toler at (325) 247-4158 ext. 209.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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