The Pocket Sandwich Theatre in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. Photo by Emil Lippe.

The Pocket has a new home.

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, a fixture in our neighborhood for over three decades, has, at long last, finalized plans to move to Historic Downtown Carrollton. Located near I-35 and Beltline, the theater will be nestled among an old grain silo, shops, restaurants, outdoor activities and a brewery.  

“Carrollton has gone out of their way to woo us and it worked,” says Shanon Dickinson, the theater manager/partner and daughter of Joe Dickinson, one of two original founders of the quirky theatre. It is known for its melodramas during which audience members are provided popcorn to toss at dastardly villains.

Shanon, along with other partners Brad Dickinson, Jeff Vance, Kim Winnubst and Nick Haley, were blindsided when, earlier this year, they were informed by the new owner of the shopping center where the Pocket is located that they would have to vacate by year’s end.   

But the show must go on.

“We have mixed emotions,” Shanon explains, “because we’re sad to leave our home of 31 years, but we trust in the magic of new beginnings.”

The Pocket will continue to entertain audiences with their last production on Mockingbird, the holiday favorite “Ebenezer Scrooge.” The final performance is Dec. 23.  

They hope to complete renovations at the new location in Carrollton and open in the spring of 2022.


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