New Theater Seating
Dear Friends of the Odeon Theater,
For only the second time in its history, the Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) is making a direct plea for financial help. We are undertaking the final two components of our original 25-year-long restoration project – new, modern theater seating and an updated sound system – and we need your help to fund these essential improvements.
As you probably know, the Odeon Theater first opened its doors in 1928 and is the oldest continually operating theater in west Texas. By 1994 the Odeon had fallen on hard-times and disrepair. After years of serving as a gathering place and entertainment hub for the community, the future of the Odeon Theater was put at risk when plans were announced to convert the building to other uses. Concerned by the prospect of losing their beloved theater, Mason residents rallied to save the Odeon. As a result, community members formed the 501(c)3 non-profit Odeon Preservation Association and purchased the Odeon.
With a vision of creating a performing arts center that would someday be able to offer movies as well as music, dance and live theater, the OPA began its 25-year-long journey to “Save The Odeon” for Mason and the surrounding communities.
In 1995, the building facade and marquee were repaired, repainted and the neon lighting was restored to its authentic late 1940s appearance. Infrastructure was updated to meet current codes. Heating and air conditioning systems were replaced. Sound and projection systems were upgraded.
In 2010, the Odeon theater almost closed it doors forever when the movie industry switched to a digital based distribution system. This meant no more film! Faced with a $125,000 cost to convert our film system to digital, our community and patrons stepped up once again. The funds were quickly raised and the doors stayed open.
In 2011, we began the final push to complete our vision for the Odeon. Modern stage lighting and curtains were installed. Dressing rooms and restrooms were built. Finally, by the end of 2018, the Odeon’s exterior was repainted (historically correct) and the lobby was completely renovated.
This summer (2019) the OPA celebrates its Silver Anniversary. To mark this exciting milestone, this June we are completing the final major elements of our original restoration plan — new, modern, comfortable theater seating and updated sound system!
As Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith (played by actor George Peppard) of the “A-TEAM” once said, “I love it when a plan comes together.” It took 25 years, but our plan has finally come together.
We need your help - without it, we fail
Contact Chuck Patrick at (512) 924-5559 to have a personal discussion about how you can donate
Mail a check directly to: Odeon Preservation Association, P.O. Box 700, Mason, TX 76856
Donate via credit card or PayPal
invest in a seat, or two,
We need your support to help pay the bill and we are grateful for any amount you are able to donate. If you enjoy movies and concerts at the Odeon as much as we do, we hope you'll consider underwriting one seat ($375) or two ($750), or even a side row of four seats ($1500) or center row of nine ($3375).
We are grateful to the following generous donors who have helped support the purchase of our new seating and upgraded sound system. We also thank all of those who attended our benefit concert in April and made contributions at that time.