Arcadia Theater - Kerrville
Kerr County, Texas
30 02.757' N 99 08.467' W
Directions: Start at the intersection of Sidney Baker Street and Water Street. Go 200 feet east on Water Street. The theater is on the right (south) side of the street.
Text: The Arcadia Theater was originally constructed in 1926 in a Spanish Mission Style and later renovated in the Art Deco style. The Art Deco additions included decorated ribs and neon sign on the buildings front as well as curved ceilings and recessed lighting in the entry. A stucco remnant of the Spanish Mission is still visible over the front entry. The Arcadia Theatre was purchased by Carmen M. Avery in 1991 and donated to the city. Jane Ann Preddy was an architectural historian who specialized in theatre architecture. Through a bequest from her estate, Ms. Preddy hoped to advocate the preservation of historic theatres built before 1970. It was her desired to help preserve, disseminate information about, and foster appreciation of the architecture of these historic theatres. Ms. Preddy was the founder of Architecture on Stage, a foundation for the study of New York theatres, and an expert on the work of John Eberson, who designed many theaters. (I don't think this a Texas Historical Marker)