For the past half-decade, downtown Greenville has been the home for live music concerts and a variety of entertainment and information at the Texan Theater.
Barbara Horan was the driving force behind renovating the historic building at 2712 Lee St., saving the once empty building from demolition and promising a venue featuring “exceptional food with remarkable entertainment.”
The promos were fulfilled as the theater was established as an intimate dinner and entertainment experience for about 250 people, which has featured top musical acts, periodic gospel events, and weekly programs hosted by area celebrities Friendlee and Dennis Wayne Strickland, among other activities.
It all began in October 2014 with a performance of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.”
“Such a fun ride,” Horan said Wednesday. “So hard to believe that it has been five years and more than 400 shows!”
Strickland hosts the Hump Day Happy Hour every Wednesday evening.
“The best artsy happy hour anywhere now beginning its fifth year of celebrating local artists is a gift thanks to our sponsor Barbara Horan,” he said. “And what a neutral setting this is for our Music In The Spirit, our quarterly opportunity for church musicians to offer their gifts of music on the Texan stage.”
Friendlee hosts the Friendlee News and Friendlee Live music show each Wednesday at the theater.
The Texan is included among the League of Historic American Theaters and at one time was one of four downtown Greenville movie theaters, also including the Colonial, the Rialto and the Rita. The Texan was probably the last to close, sometime in the 1970s.
Horan, a Greenville native, spent some $5 million to transform the Texan, which also involved extending the theater’s lobby into the Texan Lobby coffee shop, where customers can get anything from frappés to cappuccinos to just a regular cup of java.
The shop and the theater are designed to be environmentally friendly. The drinks are served with paper rather than plastic straws, the water is filtered and the business encourages recycling whenever possible.
The Texan Lobby also features a wide menu of salads and sandwiches and is open seven days a week.
And Horan has lots more planned for the venue in the months ahead.
“I have lots of fun things in store for the next year,” Horan said. “Peter Pan Meets Cinderella On Ice, Music of Cream, Femmes of Rock, as well as many returning artists like Lee Greenwood, Sylvia and Kim Waters.”
Those wanting more information can visit the Texan online at www.texantheatergreenville.com/.