Main Street Theater delighted to reopen after structural repairs – Front Porch News Texas


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The Main Street Theater had a successful reopening last weekend, but there’s still plenty of fundraising to build their dream art space.

On January 14 and 15, theater patrons were rocked by The Heroes, featuring Joel Weaver and Commerce’s Brad Davis. The fare included traditional country western as well as classic rock, jazz and sketch comedy.

“The music was perfect and it’s great to see how much they engage the crowd,” said theater president Lyndie Mansfield. “We would love to see them again – it’s amazing how dedicated they are to supporting the arts in small venues.”

Over a hundred patrons over the two evenings were on hand to enjoy the entertainment in a newly renovated building. For more than 30 years, the Main Street Theater and Community Players have provided quality programming, but in mid-2018 the nearly 100-year-old building began to show its age.

“The front and back walls of our building have deteriorated to such an extent that immediate action is required,” an April 2021 statement from the group noted.

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After being closed for most of the COVID-19 pandemic, the theater received a cash injection of $170,000 from the City of Sulfur Springs and construction company volunteer labor local XLNT in order to save their building.

Musical act Heroes also donated their time and talents for the opening as part of their mission to elevate the arts in Northeast Texas, and players in the community were able to retain sales. tickets for remodeling.

However, according to Mansfield, the job is far from done.

“While not all of the renovations are complete, we were excited to reopen as part of the community and welcome the community back,” Mansfield said. “However, we still need donations to complete the lobby renovation and start the next big project: the HVAC system.”

According to their GoFundMe, community players have raised $845 of their $30,000 goal to complete interior repairs.

However, Mansfield noted, the opening was a great start and the theater is grateful to have the support of the community.

“We love seeing people go out and make it a special night,” she said.

Upcoming shows:

  • Jan. 21-23, Jan. 28-30 – Charley’s Aunt – Laughter confusion abounds in this drag-dressing, meet-the-parents-style comedy starring a confused nephew, his fiancée and his wealthy aunt from the Brazil.
  • February 11- Fashion Show- with Marlene’s Sass & Class
  • February 12 – Jazz Night (with in-house Phinesse Farms Winery, with horse-drawn carriage rides available in the plaza)
  • February 25-26 – Night of One Act plays – Presented by local high school students
  • March 18-20, 25- 27- Barbequed Hamlet – Not your high school Shakespeare; goofy characters emerge to pay a unique tribute to life as a member of community theater
  • April 22-24, May 29, 1 – CHESS Presents Treasure Island – Join the educators of Sulfur Springs Christian Home School as they sail the seas swashbuckling with this Robert Louis Stevenson classic

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

By Taylor Nye. Abbi Beggs contributed to this report.


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