The Margo Jones Theatre
The Dallas Solo Fest will be held at the historic Margo Jones Theatre within the Magnolia Lounge at Fair Park.
Margo Jones Theatre at the Magnolia Lounge
in historic Fair Park
1121 First Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
A Little Touch of History
The Magnolia Loungue was built in 1936 by the Magnolia (later to be Mobil) Oil Company.
Visitors to the Texas Centennial Exposition used the lounge as a resting place where they could watch films and enjoy continuous entertainment. Its architecture was the first example of European Modernism in Texas.
In 1947 the Magnolia Lounge took on a new life as the spot where theater director Margo Jones launched the American Regional Theatre movement. Here she staged productions "in-the-round." Over the next several years, Jones produced 85 plays in the theater, including original works by William Inge, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee as well as a then-little-known playwright by the name of Tennessee Williams.
A few years after Jones's death in 1955, the lounge went idle. During the 1980s and 1990s, the lounge functioned as a visitors center for Fair Park.
Now, the building houses the offices of the Friends of Fair Park. Today, the theater space within is home to several small and progressive theater groups.
You'll find the Magnolia Lounge at the intersection of Grand and First avenues, between the African-American Museum and the Old Mill Inn Restaurant.