Contractors working on the renovations and restoration of three downtown buildings pulled metal back and witnessed history being revealed on Bonham street.
The Lamar Theatre is a place embedded deep in the memories of those who grew up in Paris, Texas, many years ago. When Impact Church purchased the building in May and began renovations in August, they had no idea what was behind the metal covering of the building.
On Monday, contractors peeled back sheet metal from the building and discovered a Coca-Cola painting along with a sign from the Lamar Theatre that says “Lamar Theatre Movies The Whole Family Can Enjoy.”
Those on site said after the painting was revealed it quickly gained attention from Bonham street drivers who stopped to take photos of the building. Impact Church owns all three buildings along the street attached to the old Lamar Theatre and hopes to complete renovations by January 2020.
Impact Pastor Gabe Miller said the church is excited to restore the old buildings and see them come back to life.
“We really care deeply about the history of these buildings and we know there are many people who have memories of attending the Lamar Theatre when they were younger,” said Miller. “We’re excited to find this piece of history in our city.”
When the church initially purchased the building they met many people who had connections to the theater and shared their story of what the building meant to them. Miller had seen many photos of what the Lamar looked like prior to metal covering the outside, but until this week he had not seen it for himself.
“It was really neat to see the front of the building revealed in person,” said Miller. “As soon as the metal came down I recognized the building I had only seen in photos until that point.”
Click here to read more about the building renovations and future plans.
Impact Church currently meets at Heritage Hall on Sundays offering services at 9:30 a.m. and again at 11:15 a.m. Click here to view their Facebook page.