Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Welcome to Anarene, TX, home of the melancholy and the wistful. It's the setting of the movie "The Last Picture Show," based on the novel by author and Texas literary icon Larry McMurtry. The film's setting is in the town of Anarene, based loosely on McMurtry's own small Texas hometown of Archer City (near Wichita Falls).
Archer City has embraced their favorite son and the film that was filmed there so it's still easy to find some of the locations, most notably the downtown movie theater.
The Royal Theater plays a semi-prominent role in the story and ends up going out of business at the end of the movie. But the real deal is still alive and kicking. It doesn't show movies anymore but hosts musicians and theater productions instead.
It's on the town square, where most of the action in the movie takes place, and directly across from the courthouse. For some reason there's very few good shots of the courthouse in the film but I got a pic of it for your viewing pleasure:
The entire film was shot in the small town and parts of the surrounding areas so there's plenty of more filming locations to discover. Which is what I'll do the next time I'm in the area. Until then, we'll have to get by on the town's sense of nostalgia: