2001 S Colorado St
Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 398-4911


Lockhart has a six screen movie theater, Hometown Cinemas , located at 120 W. MLK, Sr. Industrial Blvd. Gaslight-Baker Theatre is a very active community theatre with a large variety of comedy, drama, and musical productions annually. The Gaslight-Baker encourages all that are interested to volunteer and help in the many areas of production. A local musical event, "Lockhart Opry," is held the fourth Monday of each month and is sponsored by the Lockhart Evening Lions Club. This event is held at the Lockhart Evening Lions Community Center, 220 Bufkin Lane.

Caldwell County Jail Museum

315 E Market St. Lockhart, TX 78644-2750 Phone: 512-398-5796

Located on the eastern edge of the fast growing central Texas Austin-San Antonio Corridor, Lockhart, Caldwell County is just 17 miles from I-35 and 17 miles from I-10. In addition, Lockhart is only 25 miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport via Texas 130 / US-183.

We welcome the surrounding communities located in Caldwell County to supply information, photographs, stories, and other things viewers may enjoy. Photos and other relative information are greatly appreciated. To verify accuracy, no addition will be posted unless support documentation is provided.

To contact the Caldwell County Museum (the old jail) please call 512-398-5796, and leave a message on the answering machine or email us at CaldwellHistorical@yahoo.com .

The museum is staffed from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays, and other time s by appointment.

Dr Eugene Clark Library

217 S Main St, Lockhart, TX 78644

Built in 1899 and dedicated in 1900 the Dr. Eugene Clark Library is the oldest continually operating library in the State of Texas. In July 1900 the first permanent building designed for use as a library in Texas the Dr. Eugene Clark Library was founded. The library is a two story, Greek cross plan and is a Classical Revival building of red brick with limestone trim, with four projecting pediment pavilions forming the arms.

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217 Main St.
Lockhart, TX 78644


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MWF: 9am-6pm
TTh: 9am-8pm
Sat: 9am-3pm
Sun: Closed

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911 S Commerce St, Lockhart, TX 78644 Phone : (512) 398-4287

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Gaslight Baker Theatre

216 S Main St, Lockhart, TX 78644 Phone : (512) 376-5653

Groundbreaking took place during the first week of July 1920. Apparently work progressed rapidly, for in its October 21st edition the Post-Register reported that the theater would open on October 29th. A crowd of “fifteen hundred or two thousand people” jammed into the Baker Theater on opening night to see two performances of In Old Kentucky, starring Anita Stewart. Prior to the main performance, the image of consummate showman Col. Baker was flashed on the screen which “brought forth uproarious applause” from the grateful audience. Two “traveling men” who attended the opening night performance proclaimed the theater the “most modern in the state, with appointments the equal of those of theatres in much larger cities”.

The most significant improvement and expenditure was the addition of air conditioning. Johnson Air Conditioning of San Antonio installed the chilled water system. A glass-walled cry room was also provided in the area currently occupied by the concession stand. One can easily imagine the wonder and amazement of the citizens of Lockhart when they first entered this fantasy world.

Col. Baker died on September 12, 1936 in Lockhart. The Baker Show Company, Inc. owned the theater until 1959, but little is known of this period. The second of the Baker's major renovations was performed during this time, probably in the early 1950's. Unfortunately, nearly all the rich decorations of the 1933 remodeling was removed and the theater was given the “modern”, appearance it exhibits today. One area that received an especially severe treatment was the ground floor main facade. The pinkish-tan ceramic tile, angled front wall, and enlarged marquee date from this period.

In 1959 the Baker was purchased by August Valentine. August, his wife, Anne, and daughters Augusta, Valerie, Alice and Virginia had previously operated a drive-in theater in Georgetown for several years. The Valentine family ran the Baker until 1984. The suspended acoustical ceiling and gas air conditioning were installed during their ownership of the theater. “Christine”, the last film, was shown on March 1, 1984.

The theater remained closed until its purchase by the Lockhart Community Theater in 1997. It was then remodeled to accommodate live theatrical productions. The theater reopened in October, 1998 with “Steel Magnolias”.

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