The Van Movie House was built by L.T. Elder and completed in December 1946.
Julius H. Stagner established the Van Theatre and leased the building beginning in February 1947. Mrs. Stagner sold the business to Marvin Hobbs in February 1964, December 1966 there was extensive damage from a fire of undetermined origin. The damage included the lobby and projection room. It was believed to have started near the fans behind the screen. The 341 seats were surprisingly damaged very little. He was never able to reestablish the theatre.
It was purchased by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Store in 1994 until they moved to their current location in 2009.
The Economic Development Corporation purchased the property on May 12, 2010 from Duane & Sue Teague.
The Movie House was refurbished in 2015 with two new restrooms. It has a small stage on the South end. An American and a Texas flag grace the stage. There is a small kitchenette with a full size stove, microwave, sink and refrigerator. There are 17 eight foot tables and 110 chairs available for use.
It is currently being used as a place to be rented out for community meetings or by individuals for parties. Saturday Night at the Movies are now shown twice a month. These movies are FREE of charge. There is popcorn (50 cents) and water (25 cents) for sale or you may bring your own soft drink. The folding chairs will be set up for you but you are welcome to bring your bag lawn chairs if you wish. The movies showing each month will be posted on the door of the Movie House, the Chamber bulletin board or on the Van Movie House Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Van-Movie-House-269231503511620/
The City Council, the Van Area Chamber of Commerce and the Van Kiwanis Club have their monthly meetings in the Movie House.
A projector, screen, and sound system have been installed. This enables projection of meeting information for meetings or to just watch a movie for fun. (To be able to use this system, call the EDC Director, Charles West, 903-963-7216, to get it set up. One of the EDC directors must be present when this system is in use.)