Artists fight to keep East Side legacy alive

The historical Isis Theater was once a cultural hub for arts and medicine

Residents fight to keep East Side legacy alive

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Wichita Falls artists gathered on the site of what was once the Isis Theater on the East Side to bring awareness and inspiration to it’s residents through art.

The Isis Theater was built back in the 1950′s by a podiatrist, Dr. Anne Elizabeth Davis Roark, to bring not only movies but African American artistry to the East Side.

It also served as a clinic for African American airman, serving those at Sheppard Air Force Base who had nowhere to go for medical attention.

The Wichita Falls Historical Commission has already worked to provide a plaque on the Isis Theater describing Dr. Roark’s legacy but residents still want to see more.

“I read about her and the Isis Theater and I was astounded and I was like I want more stories about all of Wichita Falls, not just a small group,” said Jessica Odom, an MSU Texas student and artist.

Odom along with Kylie Shayne, another artist who was also at the site, hope to continue to work with The Wichita Falls Historical Commission to eventually get a statue of Dr. Roark placed on the grounds of the theater.

For more information on the Isis Theater and Dr. Roark, visit The Wichita Falls Historical Commission’s website.

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