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Operators of Texas Theater in Shamrock given two weeks to vacate

Last week, Georgann and David Rion were given two weeks notice to vacate the theater they've operated for nearly seven years with no explanation. (Colby Smalzel, ABC7 Amarillo)

"Every bit of our lives has gone into this theater,” said Georgann Rion, operator of Texas Theater in Shamrock.

Last week, Georgann and David Rion were given two weeks notice to vacate the theater they've operated for nearly seven years with no explanation.


"In the next six days if this confusing decision hasn't been altered over the next few days we're going to be forced to haul everything in this building out,” said Georgann.

Community members said the theater is the sole source of entertainment in the area.

"These people have taken this theater from practically nothing and worked it to where it is now a prime theater,” said Sandy Willis, Shamrock resident. “People come from all over the Panhandle to go here."

But the Shamrock Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) said the decision was unanimous.

"It was devastating,” said Georgann. “This is just going to hurt Shamrock so much because all of the people, our friends have said they're not going to come anymore. Not only not come to the theater but they're not going to come to Shamrock anymore."

"It's going to affect the whole town,” said Willis. “There's people already saying that they don't even want to come back to Shamrock if they do this because they're so angry with the fact that this has happened."

Community members united to keep the theater under Georgann and David's management at Monday’s SEDC meeting.

"Letting David and Georgann go is just a mistake,” said Victoria Norman, Shamrock Resident. “We should be pulling in the people that bless our community and holding them close, not kicking them out."

Community members were quickly asked to leave before the City Council and SEDC began their executive session. Members of the Council and the SEDC said they were unable to comment on the reason behind this decision.

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