Travel back in time to the early days of vaudeville, nickelodeons, movies, theatre organs and stars. Theatre Row on Dallas’ Elm Street is bustling and alive with beautiful theatres, crowds of enthusiastic patrons and movies, movies and more movies. But there is something murderously mysterious going on at the fabulous Rivertree Theatre. A cast of villains and other characters fill the pages of this intriguing saga, along with more startling stories of the many theatres that were along the fabulous Elm Street Theatre Row and the theatre organs that were in them. Shocking events and incredible performances await the reader on this journey through seven decades of Dallas entertainment history. Brilliant imagery fills each chapter. Extra features include a history of the theatre organ, an updated list of the theatre organs that were in Dallas, and a detailed list of all of the theatres that were along Elm Street’s Theatre Row during 70 years of Dallas entertainment history. Special treats are the complete specifications and history of the famous Palace Publix Theatre Organ, its final resting place and many other exciting details of those unforgettable times and places.
Jeanette Howeth Crumpler, although born in Oklahoma, moved to Texas when she was three months old and has been a “Texan” since. She attended schools in Wichita Falls and Dallas and North Texas State University and SMU. Her working career included being a legal Secretary and working as a volunteer in special education classes for the deaf. After working for a major hospital and then at a major oil company, she retired to pursue a freelance writing career.
Ms. Crumpler has had articles published in magazines such as Weekend Gardener, Texas Gardener, The Tomato Club, The New Garden Journal, The White Rocker, Lakewood People as well as the Dallas Morning News and the Wichita Falls Times Record News and other publications. She has been profiled in several publications, has been on public broadcasting radio and in the television documentary Remember When, Memories of Old Dallas. Ms. Crumpler has written three books, The Lakewood StarWalk As Seen Thru The Eyes of D.O.T., Lakewood – Memoirs and Spirit and Street of Dreams, A History of Dallas’ Theatre Row.
She is also an interpreter for the deaf and has written articles for the Dallas Alliance for the Mentally Ill and other community groups and is currently on the Advisory Board of Disciples of Trinity (DOT), a 501c3 grassroots organization serving more than 2,000 terminally ill children, women and men. She has served on the Cultural Affairs Commission of the City of Dallas. Ms. Crumpler is also Co-Editor of The DOT Newsletter and Co-Chairperson of DOT MOMS, a one-on-one counseling service for mothers who have lost children. Her two sons, Bruce and Dean, passed away some years ago.
This long time Dallas resident has served also as Publicist for various groups and produced a Directory of Services for the Hearing Impaired in Dallas and Tarrant Counties.