Perot Theatre

Perot Theatre, Texarkana: Hours, Address, Perot Theatre Reviews: 4.5/5

Perot Theatre
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The beautiful restored Perot Theatre, located in downtown Texarkana at 3rd and Main St, has been a landmark since 1924 when it opened as the Saenger Amusement Company's "Gateway to the Southwest" theatre. Fully restored by the City of Texarkana, TX in 1979-80, the building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Texarkana natives, H. Ross Perot and his sister Bette, through the Perot Foundation, contributed much of the restoration costs in memory of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Gabriel Ross Perot. In recognition of this contribution, the Texarkana, TX City Council renamed the building - The Perot Theatre. The theatre annually hosts the Perot Theatre Series, as well as numerous rentals throughout the year. The Perot Theatre is owned by the City of Texarkana, TX and the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council is contracted to program and manage the theatre.
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Sara
Texarkana, TX11 contributions
Apr 2021
The Perot Theater is a beautiful example of theaters of the 1920s. It contains many artifacts and reminders from the past, which give the building a very interesting history. The employees are very knowledgeable about the buildings history and architecture and were able to answer all of my questions. I love hearing about how the theater was built during the golden age of theater, later turned into a Paramount movie theater and finally restored to its original glory. I had a great experience and believe this is a must see in Texarkana!
Written April 21, 2021
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Friday_Wyrd
Hot Springs, AR51 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
Most of the classic theaters I have toured from the early 1900s were Egyptian Revival or Egyptian Art Deco, but this amazingly restored theater that opened in 1924 is in the Italian Renaissance style. Beautiful gold leafing, relief plaster, Greek Deities and historical displays in glass cabinets upstairs. An amazing Broadway class theater is a hidden gem of the south!
Written June 4, 2014
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William F
De Queen, AR4 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
Enjoyed the show but not the rude ushers. Might want to work with them on customer service. Music was great and facility was top notch.
Written September 3, 2014
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danny g
11 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
I was not able to find answers to my questions regarding online tickets.
does the system offer email tickets?
You asked for mailing address
Billing address but I was not certain if I would have gotten the tickets for a weekend show on time.
I will try to go to the ticket counter even though the hours were for Mon thur Friday.
I will update if we can, in fairness.

This review is only for the process of ordering tickets online.
Written December 3, 2021
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Luv2Trvl94511
El Dorado, AR67 contributions
Nov 2013 • Family
Been visiting the Perot with my family for over 30 years! It's just beautiful! We've enjoyed everything from magicians to musicals and ballets! If you are able you should definitely find a way to make it there! I plan to share the experience with my children as well!
Written August 6, 2014
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filmbuffintexas
Texarkana, TX561 contributions
Nov 2013 • Solo
Texarkana's Perot Theater was part of the Sanger Theater chain that had theaters throughout the South dating back to the 1920's. This jewel of a theater has been beautifully restored to that period.

It was wonderful to be able to recently attend a Pops Concert in Remembrance and Thanksgiving by the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra which featured the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra as well as Chorus and Dramatic Readers with patriotic selections in a salute to America's veterans. This very well done Patriotic Celebration had special meaning to me since both of my parents were World War II Veterans.

Finally, I just want to mention that as an ex-New Yorker who had season tickets to the Philharmonic over the years, Texarkana's Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the Marc-Andre Bougie, provides world class entertainment to those fortunate enough to be able to attend!
Written November 26, 2013
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PaulD5850
Shreveport, LA1 contribution
Feb 2016 • Friends
Our church senior adult group toured The Perot as part of a recent day trip to Texarkana. The Perot reminded me of some of the beautiful concert houses of Europe. David Murphy was an excellent tour guide and helped us plan our excursion for the day.
Written February 24, 2016
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Paul - We are so glad your group had such a great experience in Texarkana! We hope you will encourage more groups from Shreveport/Bossier to come visit us! We are always happy to help coordinate tours of Downtown Texarkana!
Written March 9, 2016
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frontierman1969
Texarkana, TX21 contributions
Apr 2013 • Solo
Several types of events are held at the Perot. It is a very elegant music stage where concerts and symphony music is played. Excellent seating, nice balcony, and bathrooms are very well kept.
Written November 26, 2013
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Mustangdad1961
Omaha NE1,293 contributions
Jan 2013 • Business
The main tourist attractions are located downtown. The area is easy to get to, as you just drive south on Stateline Avenue. On the east side of the street is Arkansas. On the west side is Texas.

Near 4th and Pine streets, is the Perot Theatre. It was originally the Saenger Theatre. Ross Perot, the multi-millionaire who ran for president in 1992 and 1996, paid to refurbish the theatre in 1980. It was then renamed the Perot Theatre, in honor of his parents. The Perots were Texarkana, AR, natives.

The theatre hosts musicals, symphonies and concerts. BB King was there a few days before my trip there.

A small statue sits on the second level of the Perot in honor of Ross' brother, Gabriel. He died at age three.

The theatre was once a movie house. During the days of segregation, whites and African-Americans had different entrances, restrooms and seating areas. The African-Americans had to sit in the balcony area.

The film room still sands in the theatre. Our guide said it would be too expensive to remove it.

An interesting note is that across the street from the Perot Theatre is a half-block long mural of the great composer Scott Joplin. Joplin, a native of the area, was known for his ragtime music. My colleague and I wondered if Joplin would have been allowed to perform at the Saenger when it was segregated. Our guess is he couldn't have.
Written January 29, 2013
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Janelle
6 contributions
Jun 2019
It feels like stepping back in time to the golden age of theater. It is beautiful! I also love the display cases in the foyer showing items connected to the history of the theater.
Written July 14, 2019
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  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM