Our Story

The Archer City Story Center is an arts education community. Headquartered in the historic Spur Hotel, we host the Young Writer Workshop, a program for regional high school students. 

 

We train storytellers. Stories are what connect us all at the foundational level. It's a two-way conversation, and so, we build a creative process and community here. We are a table of equals, where everyone is both student and teacher.

Archer City is still the same small town setting and culture that inspired many of the great writings of Larry McMurtry, and it is home to the The Spur Hotel, a three-story historic home to various workshops for more than 20 years. 

We serve the Royal Theater's mission to facilitate arts education in the region. A non-profit group operating in Archer City since 1993 with its first production, Tumbleweeds, The Royal Theater was first a small-town silver screen, and the inspiration for McMurtry's 1966 novel, The Last Picture Show, which was adapted into the Oscar-winning 1971 film starring Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges. A fire gutted the theater in 1965 and the building stood in ruins for decades before being rebuilt by the Archer Community Foundation in 2000. The new theater sits adjacent to the original space, which is now an outdoor amphitheater space. We serve the Royal Theater's mission to facilitate arts education in the region.

In its new life, the 230-seat theater quickly became a leader in North Texas and beyond as a listening and live performance venue as well as a gathering spot for the arts. For generations, the Royal Theater has been more than the symbol of an iconic book and movie. It has been the soul of the town, a place for the community to gather with, as McMurtry once said, "something to do."

The Royal Theater and the restored 1928 Spur Hotel anchor our campus, in this walkable town, visited year-round by book and movie enthusiasts. Many of them come to visit Booked Up, a legendary used book store filled with nearly 200,000 titles curated by owner Larry McMurtry.

CONTACT US for information about attending or hosting a workshop at the Spur Hotel.