|The Border Theater was the fifth and most beautiful movie house to be built by Valley theater pioneers, Robert N. and Dell Smith.
The theater also has the historic distinction of being the first with air conditioning throughout the building.
Designed by William J. Moore, a Dallas theater architect, the Border opened April 3, 1942
with the Roy Rogers movie "Heart of Rio Grande".
The Border Theater has a seating capacity of 500. The balcony still contains the original seats,
while those on the main floor were replaced in 1967. The auditorium added a wide-view Cinemascope screen in 1952.
Ownership of the Border Theater has changed several times in its sixty-five plus years of operation.
Current owners Joseph and Erma Ramientos of Mission would like residents to enjoy movies in the atmosphere
reminiscent of the early 1940's. Their goal is to make the Border Theater a family movie theater,
a place where parents can take their kids confident of what kind of movie they will be seeing.
For your next event, private showing or school field trip, please contact Joseph at (956) 369-3603 or Erma at (956) 605-1811.
|Around the ticket booth, colorful tiles contain scenes of a time past. Illustrated are scenes of early residents and their homes.
A man hitches his burro to a post, a Mexican couple draws water from an old well and a covered wagon advances on the
crude little mission near the border.
|Around the Border Theater, the remnants of old Mission remain. Below the ticket booth, colorful mosaic
portray expressive scenes of a simpler time. One such tile shows a man wearing the traditional
sombrero, carrying a serape, playing a guitar and singing to a woman seated on a low stone fence.
Other tiles in the entry way reflect similar scenes of life in early Mission. Inside the theater, two massive
wooden columns connect the floor to the high ceiling, and two staircases lead visitors to the balcony.
Thye theater lobby also houses the snack bar where patrons can treat themselves to hot dogs, freshly
popped popcorn, candy and other refreshments. Two huge murals cover the inside walls of the theater.
Painted by Dallas artist E. Risser in 1942, these murals have captured scenes in the Rio Grande Valley
and the city of Mission, Texas before modernization touched the area.
|905 N Conway Avenue / Mission, Texas 78572 / Phone: (956) 369-3603