The Starlight Theatre - the Beverly Hills of Terlingua
For more than 70 years, this adobe building has been a landmark in the Big Bend of Texas. Originally constructed in the 1930's, the Chisos Movie Theater provided entertainment for residents of Terlingua during the heyday of Quicksilver mining in the area. When the mines went bust in the late 1940's, the theater was abandoned and the materials were sold as scrap and the building began deteriorating. When the modern "pioneers" (naturalists, river guides, musicians, and artists) began to re-populate the Terlingua area, the theater found its calling once again as a gathering place for the locals. The roofless old theater building provided a venue for open air parties, jam sessions, concerts, and dances, as well as theatrical productions. Thus the name, "The Starlight Theater" was born.
In 1967 the abandoned theater played host to the chili judges for the very first Terlingua World Championship Chili Cook-Off. Today, after a total remodel in 1991, the old movie theater re-opened as the Starlight Theatre Restaurant & Bar. Over the years, the Starlight has earned the reputation as both an excellent restaurant and an exciting venue for live music and entertainment. It is a must see if traveling to Terlingua! (info from the Starlight website!)
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