Retired teacher Roy Mayfield enjoyed a tour and a John Wayne Western on May 11 at the Downtown Cowtown at the Isis.

Mayfield moved to the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw area of Fort Worth after retiring from teaching in Tyler.

Now the president of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Retired School Employees, Mayfield figured the theater would be a great venue for the retired employee outing.

Over 110 retired school employees showed up to the 500-seat theater to enjoy Western movies — fitting for the Fort Worth Stockyards-centric theater.

About 50 retired teachers from the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw area bused to the Stockyards on May 11. The remainder of the 110 were from other North Texas retired teachers groups.

The theater reopened as the Downtown Cowtown at the Isis in May 2021 under the ownership of Jeff and Debbie Smith, two retired Eagle Mountain-Saginaw educators, after decades of decay.

The original Isis theater opened in 1914 but a fire destroyed it in 1935. It was rebuilt and redubbed the New Isis Theater in March 1936 only to be destroyed by a flood in 1942 — the theater closed after a series of repairs in 1988.

“This place got pretty rundown after a while, and he’s done a good job of fixing it up and giving it new life like a phoenix,” Mayfield said.

Since its opening, the theater has hosted acts like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, a Beatles tribute band, and Canadian actor Charles Ross, who performed a one-man Star Wars show.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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