You know, downtown Lufkin has a unique landmark that I got to see up close and personal on Saturday night, and it was worth the anticipated excitement that was built up to December 1.

A dedication for the Pines Theater was enjoyed by all who attended the celebration, marking the restoration of the building to its original 1925 glory.  The first film to be shown in the theater starred Gloria Swanson, and it was titled "Coast of Folly".

The city of Lufkin purchased the "Pines" about five years ago, proceeding with the restoration in 2009.  In the late eighties, it was listed on the National Register of Historic places.  459 patrons can be seated inside the theater.

Several artists are slated to visit the "Pines" next year, and you can click here to enjoy a list of movies, upcoming entertainment, and event ticket prices.