Restoring the Texas Theatre and Other Oak Cliff Goodies

This post is a belated shout-out to Jason Roberts for Michael Granberry’s story yesterday about his efforts to restore Oak Cliff’s Texas Theatre — the one where cops nabbed Lee Harvey Oswald. I know Roberts well enough to know he’s good peeps, and I applaud his ambitious, important efforts. Ambitious, because the Oak Cliff Foundation, of which he is the chairman-elect, has raised more than $2 million but needs $300k more for stage and sound renovations, and could use up to $7 million to get the entire theater where they want it.

Roberts, member of the local band The Happy Bullets, is also the president of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, a group trying to reintroduce the streetcar to Oak Cliff, making it more walkable than just in and around the Bishop Arts District. (Let’s face it: A stroll there is awesome, but brief.) The OCTA will screen the documentary Contested Streets as part of a fund-raiser September 18. The screening will be held at — guess — the Texas Theatre.

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3 responses to “Restoring the Texas Theatre and Other Oak Cliff Goodies”

  1. Cari says:

    Hear hear! Jason (and his lovely missus, Andrea) are some of the most creative and motivated people in town. I got to know them during the planning of the first Art Conspiracy at the Texas Theater (another fine idea of Jason’s) and am constantly impressed at his talent for turning good ideas into efforts that get people excited and involved and ultimately improve the community.

  2. billh says:

    How cool, two of Dallas best, Jason, someone our city should be thrilled is involved in building our community, and Cari, who is one of the coolest ladies in town.

  3. Rob says:

    I’m nominating Jason for Mayor of Oak Cliff… that is after he leads the secession effort.

    We can hold the coronation at the Texas Theatre, of course.