Texarkana Symphony selected to manage historic Perot Theatre, its performance venue

Posted on: April 15, 2021

“A citizen advisory committee tasked by the city of Texarkana, Texas, to pick the future management company for the city-owned Perot Theatre has selected the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra for the job,” writes Aaron Brand in Tuesday’s (4/13) Texarkana Gazette (TX). The next step will be “approval by the City Council, said Robby Robertson, the city parks and recreation director who has overseen the selection process. This contract would start in the fall. ‘The Texarkana Symphony Orchestra is pleased to have the confidence of the City’s community committee as the new managers of the Perot Theatre,’ said the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra … executive director, Andrew Clark…. The venerable, historic theater in downtown Texarkana … has brought entertainment to the city for nearly a century, ranging from Broadway shows to vaudeville to concerts and movies…. The City Council will vote on the recommendation after negotiations yield a contract agreement…. Opened in 1924, the Perot started as the Saenger Amusement Co.’s ‘Gateway to the West’ theater and was later restored in the 1970s and ‘80s. It’s now on the National Register of Historic Places.” The Texarkana Symphony performs at the theater, which was previously managed by Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council.