The Texas Theatre needs your help

Photo by David Leeson
Photo by David Leeson

The Texas Theatre took a hit with heavy spring rain, and it needs roof repairs as well as work to water-damaged walls and floors.

The historic theater is operated by Aviation Cinemas, but it is owned by a nonprofit, the Oak Cliff Foundation.

Each of the foundation’s board members currently is charged with raising $700 by July 2 because the repairs are urgent.

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Make a donation here.

All donors will be invited to a happy hour at the theater, and if you donate $750 or more, your name or company logo will be displayed on screen before every film shown at the theater for a year.

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  • Monte Anderson

    To all our friends and supporters! Thank you for donating to the Oak Cliff Foundation (a 501C3 non-profit organization) for the benefit of the Texas Theatre. Some of you may or may not know that the Foundation started this venture in 2001. We purchased the property on August 1st of that year, right before 911. It was a very tough time to begin raising the $4.2 million we have invested to date in this property. At this time we owe less than $500,000 and our debt service is pretty low. Those donations have come from other foundations, corporations, entrepreneurs, the City of Dallas, Community Block Grants and people of the community. From the beginning the odds were against us. Historic single screen movie theaters around the country have disappeared because of the competition of the multi screen modern facilities. Therefore, we knew we had to come up with a different financial model. We started off thinking we could hire a company to run the theatre for a fee, but when we ran the financial pro-forma we realized we would be losing as much as $150,000 per year. Trying to raise that amount of money every year was not realistic. We struggled through the years until 2010 when we met the Aviation Cinemas guys. What a blessing that day was! Since our debt was so low, we were able to negotiate a lease rate that was very affordable for a private sector professional company to make it as an “independent movie theater”. To keep the lease payments low we sometimes find ourselves in need of extra funds to take care of capital costs. That is what is happening now. Recently, we have had a major plumbing issue and roof repairs that need additional attention and that is why we are asking for help. Our foundation board are all volunteers and are not paid. We do this job because we believe in the arts, the entrepreneurs and Oak Cliff. Thank you once again for all you do to make this place great!
    Monte Anderson
    Oak Cliff Foundation Board Member

  • Betty Sue

    The non-profit OCF owns the building and is responsible for the repairs.
    The tenants who operate the theater are not the owners.
    The landlord is responsible for repairs, and it is an organization that relies on the community for support.

  • Lolotehe

    It’s true you don’t need to, but you did that time.

  • JB

    I truly believe that all of the comments here are sincere and are without any type of sarcasm. It should be noted that just because a business has insurance DOES NOT mean that their company will cover the total expense for natural disasters. In the process, I do believe that the Foundation is a community based theatre operated for the community to keep its historic memory alive. This should be something that is viewed as more than just a typical “business”, but it is something that should be embraced by Oak Cliff/Dallas area because of its significance. Before allegations are assumed, make sure that insurance policies are checked for how they handle natural disasters.

  • Jason Johnson

    Wonder if I could come up with something witty enough to justify spending 750 to show everybody….

  • Guest

    You don’t need an account to comment, so your snark is kinda pointless.
    Highly capitalistic viewpoints aside, didn’t they have insurance?

  • DallasDude

    I plan on making a donation because the Texas Theatre is a vital part of the community, and should be supported by the community-at-large.

  • Lolotehe

    I made up an account just to gripe at someone that in no way effects me or my life!

  • FundYourOwnBusiness

    When one goes into business, one accepts the risks involved. If one isn’t able to adequately run one’s business they should accept failure. Someone with the capacity to actually run the business will step up.