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Arts and Entertainment

Downtown Dallas and its surrounding area is a true cultural mecca, housing exquisite galleries, museums and theaters. Oak Cliff is home to the famed Texas Theatre — opened in April 1931, the theatre served as a lavish gathering spot in the southwest Dallas community. The Texas Theatre on Jefferson Boulevard earned infamous historic recognition on November 22, 1963 after police discovered Lee Harvey Oswald, President John F. Kennedy’s accused assassin, within the theatre. Following years of disrepair, the 12,000-square-foot theatre was purchased by the Oak Cliff Foundation that began restoration efforts in 2001. The theatre was later sold to Aviation Cinemas who has successfully transformed the theatre back to its former glory.

Texas Theatre

The Kessler Theater on Davis Street has been transformed into a musical venue to rival some of the best jazz and blues venues in North Texas. It has already inspired an original music and documentary film, “Resurrecting the Kessler,” and has hosted many well-known music acts. Similarly, the Bishop Arts Theater Center opened its doors in 2008 with a full season of new and time-honored plays. TeCo Theatrical Productions, under the direction of founder Teresa Coleman Wash, operates the theater. The venue features a proscenium theater with 170 seats, an art gallery, an arts business incubator center and a learning laboratory.

The Kessler Theater

Located just off US 67 is the International Museum of Cultures (IMC), a unique cultural anthropology museum. IMC features the lifestyles of contemporary peoples from across the globe through a range of interesting exhibits. Interactive displays from Africa, Southeast Asia, New Guinea, China, Mexico and Native America line the walls of the IMC.

Oak Cliff hosts a multitude of both cultural and community-friendly events every year. Prominent Hispanic holidays such as Cinco de Mayo and Dies y Seis de Septiembre are widely celebrated with parades along Jefferson Boulevard, and Fiestas welcome all residents and visitors of the area to participate. African American Kwanzaa festivities, presented the seven days after the Christmas holiday, are also part of the annual events calendar of Oak Cliff. Go Oak Cliff, a local organization, plans events in the popular Bishop Arts District such as an annual Mardi Gras parade and celebration, Bastille on Bishop, Blues, Bandits & Barbeque cook-offs, Jingle Bells on Bishop and much more.

If all of this is not enough, Oak Cliff is mere minutes from the lively cultural arts and entertainment venues of the City of Dallas. Notable venues include the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Winspear Opera House, Dallas Museum of Art, the Texas Art Gallery, the Morton Meyerson Symphony Hall, the Dallas Theatre Centre and Arts District Theatre, the historic Majestic Theatre, the Gexa Music Center and the Music Hall at Fair Park.

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