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The story of The Texas Pavilions and Music Hall is the sad story of one of the Fair's most well-known failures. Jim Hill's excellent essay is the centerpiece of this nywf64.com feature presentation.




The description of this exhibit from the 1964 Official Guide Book

Cover- 1964 Guidebook

The description of this exhibit from the 1965 Official Guide Book

Cover - 1965 Guidebook

The location of this exhibit on the 1964 Official Souvenir Map

Cover - 1964 Official Souvenir Map

TEXAS PAVILIONS
AND MUSIC HALL

"Friendship at the Fair" is the theme of an exuberant multiple exhibit which as been produced for the state by Dallas showman Angus G. Wynne Jr., in association with Compass Fair, Inc. The Music hall, offering a lavish - and critically acclaimed - musical on a huge stage, has 2,400 seats plus a Champagne Circle of 24 enclosed boxes. Elsewhere in the theater building are assorted cocktail lounges and the Frontier Palace restaurant and bar, sporting a facade out of the Old West. Outside are a beer garden, snack bars and wandering entertainers.
* Admission: free, except to The Music Hall.
* The Music Hall: $2.00 to $4.80 for reserved seats; performances at 3, 7 and 9:30 p.m. daily.
* Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
 Highlights 
SUDDEN FUN. Surprise is a feature of the entire area. A young man suddenly stands up and breaks into song. A girl walking along a path bullwhips a cigarette from the mouth of a friend. Two arguing waiters bring their feud to a head in a burst of gunfire.
"TO BROADWAY WITH LOVE." This is the title of the 90-minute musical spectacular in The Music Hall. Presented by producer George Schaefer, who produced Teahouse of the August Moon, and Morton Da Costa, who directed The Music Man, the new show is an anthology packed with the moods and music of the American theater from The Black Crook of 1864 to recent hits. The show, which cost $1,250,000 to stage, has imaginative costumes and effects; it was cheered by every Broadway critic when it opened.
BITS OF TEXAS. Among the side attractions are:
Life on the range. Symbolizing the luxurious care given to modern livestock, a real bull is sumptuously stabled in an elegant French bedroom.
Art in Texas. An exhibit of home-state paintings is on view in the Music Hall.
RESTAURANTS. Wildest and wooliest of the numerous dining areas is the Frontier Palace, where the air is filled with the aroma of chuckwagon beef, and girls dance the cancan. There are also Mexico, Tourism and New Texas snack bars, snacks with the beer in the Beer Garden, and a Shrimp Bar.

The Texas Pavilion and Music Hall were open for the 1964 Season. In 1965 the building housed Carnival.

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