The Mulkey Theatre Restoration Project – keep Clarendon’s heritage alive!
Thanks to Drew Powell Journalist for the great coverage! (2016) If you or someone you know would like to help us raise our challenge, you can send a tax deductible donation to the Clarendon Community Fund, PO Box 906, Clarendon, Texas 79226 and write “Mulkey” on the memo.
The 1946 Mulkey Theatre is a landmark of downtown Clarendon and is currently undergoing renovations at the hands of the CEDC that will transform the building into a functioning movie theatre as well as give it new life as a performance hall and the city’s official Visitors’ Center. The Mulkey Theatre restoration project can use your help, please donate today.
AUGUST 2015 EVENTS
Join us Saturday, August 29, at the Sandell Drive-In for its 60th anniversary and help Bring Back the Mulkey! Lots of fun is being planned… Door prizes, vintage cars, and an Elvis double feature! (Dressing like the 1950s is optional.) Click HERE to check out this awesome report by Drew Powell!
In March of 2015, a traveler, Bob Sanford wrote about the Mulkey Theatre in his blog — it’s a wonderful article about traveling through Clarendon over the years and his observations of the changes in our historic old theatre – it’s sure worth a read! Read Bob’s Blog
Mulkey Theatre Restoration Project is a work in progress
In the News (2105)
CLARENDON, TEXAS — The Mulkey Theater project in Clarendon is taking longer than expected but organizers said with the help of donations and manpower the theater could be to the city what the Ritz Theater has become for the city of Wellington.
The Clarendon Economic Development Corporation purchased the theater in 2008 for only $20,000 and is working on a $500,000 plus re-investment project.The plan was to have the project completed in a few years. Now, seven years later, there are some challenges still being ironed out.
“We’re a small population with limited resources,” said Roger Estlack, Clarendon EDC Secretary. “Restoring this theater is very important to our economy. We think it will provide and anchor to our downtown and Main Street.”Plans are to show both first run and classic movies.
The hope is to target all audiences with a heavy emphasis on the next generation who will spend money on movies and at concessions.”It’s a great opportunity for kids my age,” said Morgan Wheatley, resident of Clarendon. “Kids will have something to do after school. A great opportunity to bring money into Clarendon.”
“When we open, we can have our regular movies plus with our new stage we can have different things,” said Jack King, interim director Clarendon EDC. “This will help us with what we need to do to drive more people and activity to the downtown.”In order to accomplish that there is still work that needs to be completed such as new seats, new enhanced stage, new lighting and sound system.
The Clarendon EDC feels strongly there is light at the of the tunnel despite the restoration project being halfway completed.”We’re making steady progress,” said Estlack. “It’s going to happen in the next two or three years.”Once refurbished and open for business, the transformation project will be very similar to what Wellington did with their theater
The Mulkey Theatre is a treasure not only to our community, but to the State of Texas as well, earning a designation as one of Preservation Texas’ 2011 “Most Endangered Places”.
As part of its ongoing mission to revitalize downtown, the Clarendon EDC purchased the Mulkey in 2008; and since that time has invested more than $104,000 to preserve the building, prevent further deterioration, restore neon lighting, and make additional repairs.
The former barbershop in the front of the theatre was converted to the new CEDC / Chamber of Commerce office in 2012. Phase One of the overall Mulkey Renovation Project completed the rehabilitation of the façade at a cost of $128,000. Subsequent work has completed renovations to the box office, concession area, lobby, and restrooms. To date, more than $350,000 has been spent to help “Bring Back the Mulkey.”
Work is now focused on the interior of the Mulkey for use not just as a movie theatre but as a live performance hall and conference center. Plans call for the auditorium be equipped for use as a conference and training facility for groups needing adequate seating and the capability to put on multimedia presentations. Grants are being pursued and donations are needed to finish this important project. Contact Jack King at 806.874.2421 or Roger Estlack at 806.874.2259 for more information.
Guess Jeans shoots video at the historic Mulkey Theatre (1987)
To make a donation, please send your check or money order to Clarendon Community Fund, c/o Clarendon EDC, PO Box 826, and note “Mulkey Theatre” in the memo or click the “donate” button below. If you choose to donate online through the button below, be sure to select “Clarendon Community Fund” in the drop down menu.
Your donations to the Mulkey Theatre through the Clarendon Community Fund at the Amarillo Area Foundation are tax deductible under 501(c)3 regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.