The Kay Theater: 350 N Main Street, Rockdale, TX 76567

Rocktoberfest – by The East Bell Taphouse: Fri, Sept 29 – Sat, Sept 30

Almost, Maine

Sat, Nov 4 at 7pm & Sun, Nov 5 at 2pm

The Kay Theater is proud to announce the launch of its Theater program in cooperation with Milam Community Theater.

Almost, Maine is a play by John Cariani, comprising nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.

Director Val Gameiro brings his artistic vision to the Kay Theater Saturday, November 4 & Sunday, November 5.


Calendar of Events:

Fri, 9/29 at 7pm: Strange Brew (1983 Movie)

Sat, 9/30 at 7:30pm: Rocktoberfest Concert

Fri, 10/6 at 10:30am – 3:30pm: McCarthy Builders Job Fair

Sat, 10/21 at 6pm: McLintock! (Movie) – Sponsored by Majik Firearms

Sun, 10/22 at 3pm: Ghostbusters (Movie)

Fri, 10/27 at 6pm: The Lost Boys (Movie)

Sat, 10/28 at 6pm: Beetlejuice (Movie)

Sat, 10/28: Beetlejuice (Movie)

Tues, 10/31: PRIVATE EVENT – MARC Center.

Sat, 11/4 at 7pm: MCT Almost, Maine performance at the Kay Theater

Sun, 11/5 at 2pm: MCT Almost, Maine performance at the Kay Theater

Sat, 11/11 at 6pm: Heartbreak Ridge (Movie)

Special Events:

Vision Rockdale’s Songwriters Showcase benefiting The 1895

Saturday, July 1 at 7pm

Enjoy an evening of musical talent as Vision Historic Preservation Foundation presents a Songwriters Showcase featuring Brooke Graham & Friends highlighting local talent and promoting the arts in Rockdale — all while raising funds for the restoration of The 1895!

Local songwriters and musicians Charlie Bishop, Stacie Crocker, Billy Gage, Eric Hamilton, and Charlie Weyler will join Brooke Graham on stage at the Kay Theater and share their talents in an engaging storytelling song swap format.  Don’t miss this rare treat to experience an intimate musical affair which is sure to include humorous moments between friends and a few surprises.

100% of the proceeds from this one-of-a-kind fundraising benefit will contribute to the restoration & transformation of The 1895 into an arts & entertainment center.

The Tonkawa Tribe: Who are they, really?

Thursday, May 4th at 10am

Bob O’Dell, author and documentary producer, will speak on May 4, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Kay Theater in Rockdale, Texas. His presentation is entitled: “The Tonkawa Tribe: Who are they really?”

The Rancheria Grande Chapter of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail Association, in recognition of National Trails Day 2023, will host the presentation.

Bob is the writer and lead producer of an upcoming feature-length documentary currently being filmed about the Tonkawa Tribe and will show the film’s trailer during the presentation. In the presentation, Bob will explain how he became interested in the Tonkawa Tribe, how they have broken his own misconceptions of what a native American tribe is like. He will then contrast the current tribe with the historical descriptions by explorers and settlers and will propose how we might reconcile these differences. During this talk, Bob will share a number of personal and historical stories in hopes of revealing a deeper understanding of the tribe.

Ancestors of the Tonkawa Tribe inhabited a large central Texas region that includes Milam county, and the tribe was identified by early Spanish explorers in their diaries as being part of the assemblage of the “Rancheria Grande.” A portion of the Rancheria Grande, located just north of Gause, Texas, in Milam County has recently been the subject of archaeological investigation. 

Bluegrass Show benefitting Minerva VFD

Saturday, April 15th at 7pm

Come out for a Fun Time and Enjoy a Bluegrass Show featuring Karl Shiflett & Friends at the Kay Theater.

Admission is $10 at the door and includes refreshments.

Proceeds from this event benefits the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department.

Brought to you by Jason Jenkins – Edward Jones Advisor

The Show Must Go On

One night only: Saturday, November 19th at 7pm

Enjoy a photographic tour of historic theaters as speaker Mike Robertson guides us through his one-man quest to document small town Texas theaters.

Don’t miss “The Show Must Go On”, Saturday, November 19 at 7pm. 

Mike photographed 258 theaters and The Kay Theater is in his top ten favorites! Mike speaks on the varying architectural designs, the rise of popularity of theaters, and why theaters are still relevant to our communities.

Proceeds from this event benefit The Kay Theater Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit

10th Annual Christmas at the Kay: Sun, Dec 11 at 3PM

Don’t miss this FREE holiday tradition featuring songs of the season by Communities in Concert Band, Sparky Thomason, special guest Brooke Graham and a Christmas Sing-a-Long. Special thanks to the Matinee Music Club for intermission refreshments.


Come out and enjoy Readers Theater at The Kay Thursday nights at 7pm!

Have fun practicing scripts and improving your acting skills in a relaxed setting with no pressure to memorize lines.

Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary — just a passion for acting!

For information contact Val Gameiro at