Lewisville Looks Back: "Route 66" special screening

Post Date:January 11, 2019
In January 1962, Lewisville temporarily became Kilkenny, Texas, as Martin Milner, Tuesday Weld, and a young Burt Reynolds came to town to shoot an episode of the hit television show Route 66.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, the Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau presents a special screening of the episode, titled “Love is a Skinny Kid.” Local historian Robin Cole-Jett will talk about some of the historical landmarks featured in the episode and share “then and now” photos for attendees to explore. Attendees also will view the premiere of a short video featuring stories from residents who remember the filming.

This special event begins at 7 p.m. at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. This event is free, but seating is limited so guests must RSVP at

For the past 20 years, Cole-Jett has been documenting the storied history of the Red River Valley of the Old Southwest. When she's not busy researching in archives or looking for ghost towns, she's teaching history at North Central Texas College. Robin also conducts tours of Bonnie & Clyde's Dallas, designs museum exhibits, and gives presentations on diverse regional history topics. Robin has four books out and is working on her fifth. Originally from the bright lights of Paris (Texas), since 1997 she's been profoundly glad to call Lewisville her home.

To reach MCL Grand from Interstate 35E, take exit 452 and proceed east on Main Street to Charles Street. MCL Grand will be on the left. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center.
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