Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

T.P. Finnegan Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Finnegan, T.P.
Title: T.P. Finnegan Collection
Dates: 1908-1937
Accession No.: MA60-1
Quantity: .5 cubic feet
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St Dallas, TX 75201

Biographical Note

T.P. Finnegan came to Dallas, Texas from St. Louis, Missouri in 1908 to take over as manager of the Majestic Theater from B.S. Muckenfuss. In November 1908, Finnegan was arrested for violating Texas law for operating a theater on Sunday. He was arrested again in December 1908 for the same charge and fined $200 because of the repeat offenses. Eventually, after appeal, Finnegan was acquitted of three of the charges and paid a $20 fine for the fourth.

Finnegan in 1913 left the Majestic Theater to open his own movie theater, the Hippodrome. The Hippodrome, on Elm Street at Murphy, was the finest movie theater during its time. It could seat 1200, used a similar cooling system as the Adolphus Hotel and claimed to have the largest organ of any other theater in the United States. Finnegan called it the "finest west of the Mississippi." Two years later he helped construct a movie theater in Waco, also known as the Hippodrome. He later left the entertainment business for contracting.

Scope and Contents

The collection consist of news clips dealing with T.P. Finnegan's arrest and trial for running a theater on Sunday and an act of incorporation for the Hippodrome.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
T.P. Finnegan
Majestic Theater
Hippodrome Theater
Family Names:
Dallas (Tex.)
T.P. Finnegan Collection

Related Material

MA77-1 Interstate Theatre Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA60-1 T.P. Finnegan Collection Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Bryan McKinney

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Register

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1 2 Newsclippings - Arrest & Trial 1908

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1 3 Newsclippings - Arrest & Trial 1908

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1 4 Newsclippings - Arrest & Trial 1908

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1 5 Article of Incorporation for "Hippodrome Theatre and Amusement Company" March 1912

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1 6 Letters of Recommendation (8) 1916-1917

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1 7 Newsclip - Handball Champ March 11, 1937