The Kay opened at 352 North Main Street, Rockdale, TX in 1947; it was a Quonset-style building, with Streamline Moderne facade and decor. The Kay operated until the early 60's.The Kay Theater Foundation was formed by a group of Rockdale Citizens who have purchased the building and spent much of the past decade restoring the long-vacant theater. The Kay Theatre was presented with a Texas Historical Marker on March 15, 2014.
The Municipal Development District has allocated a total of $35,000 for renovation efforts for the Kay Theater. The Kay Theater is the last standing movie theater in Milam County. The Kay Theater Foundation hosts kids matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturdays; as well as community theater productions, conferences, wedding rehearsal dinners and many other activities that will pull out-of-town folks to Rockdale for their activities.
Floor, wall work could lead to use of theatre
"The Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD) board came through with a $30,000 grant for the Kay Theatre Foundation Thursday, a move that could raise the curtain on the first productions in the 1940s-era venue now being restored."
Les Davenport, Kay Theatre Foundation chair, points out needed work on 1940's-era back wall.