Big Bend History: Photo of Terlingua Theater before it became Starlight Theatre

This photograph of the Terlingua Theater in Terlingua, Texas was taken back in 1985. (Source:

In 1931, the Starlight Theatre opened as a movie theater in the company town turned ghost town turned tourist town of Terlingua. Today, it is the vibrant heart of the thriving community of artists, musicians, and “interesting characters” who call Terlingua home.

Today, the Starlight is a popular restaurant, bar, and live music venue. Image by Starlight Theatre.

The Starlight Theatre is now a legendary venue for dinner, drinks, and live music. People come from all over to enjoy the local tradition of watching the sun set from the front porch while sipping on margaritas. The photogenic ghost town of Terlingua has become a must-visit destination, and the Starlight Theatre is at the center of it all.

The Starlight Theatre’s unique atmosphere and history make it a one-of-a-kind destination. Visitors can enjoy a meal, a drink, and a show while taking in the beauty of the West Texas landscape. It is a testament to the resilience and creativity of the people of Terlingua, who have turned a once-abandoned ghost town into a thriving cultural hub.

If you find yourself in the area, a visit to Terlingua and the Starlight Theatre is a must. Experience the rich history and vibrant culture of this unique Texas town.


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