If you enjoy live entertainment, such as musical or theatrical performances, Terrell has several options for you. Two venues host these events: the Jamie Foxx Performing Arts Center (PAC) and the historic Iris Theatre.
Jamie Foxx PAC
Terrell is home to the Jamie Foxx Performing Arts Center (PAC). The building gets its name from Terrell’s own Jamie Foxx, the supremely talented comedian, Academy Award-winning actor and Grammy-winning musician. While a student in Terrell, Foxx was known as Eric Bishop.
The Jamie Foxx PAC opened its doors in 2003 and is hailed as one of the state’s premier performance venues. 1,534 permanent seats, backstage dressing rooms and make up areas accommodating 80 cast members, an orchestra pit seating 70 musicians, six remote stages, and parking for 550 cars. The spacious foyer can accommodate up to 50 display tables and a wide variety of exhibition and showcase events.
The E! Terrell Entertainment Series features an eclectic mix of musicians, state-productions and entertainers and always fills the PAC with a great performance. Tickets are purchased as a yearly subscription, but individual show tickets are sometimes available. The season typically begins in September and ends in April, with a total of seven shows. Visit www.eterrell.org for more information.
Historic Iris Theatre
The Iris Theatre in historic downtown Terrell was built in 1925 and operated continuously until it's final show in 2001. The building is now home to Books and Crannies. The owners renovated it into a bookstore, but kept the flavor and the feel of the old theatre. In fact, they still have a small theatre at the back of the store that seats 34 people and has a 16' movie screen. The neon "Iris" sign out front is a beacon in downtown reminding us of days gone by.
The Iris Theatre brings classic movies back to 'the big screen' for patrons on the second and fourth Friday nights of each month (unless a live performance is scheduled). Admission to the movies is free, and they serve Cokes and popcorn. Tips are greatly appreciated and are used to provide refreshments, and to make improvements to the facility. You can visit Books and Crannies for the movie schedule and more info.
Books and Crannies and The Iris Theatre are also home to a local theatrical troupe called "The Vagabond Players." The Vagabonds perform three plays a year on the Iris Stage. Watch the marquee at the bookstore for productions! Advanced purchase is recommended due to limited seating. Visit Books and Crannies website for performance schedules and ticket information.