The Chisos Movie Theater opened in the 1930's as an entertainment venue for the local residents who worked in the Quicksilver mines nearby. When the mining boom was over end of the 1940's most of the residents left Terlingua and the Theater closed its doors. For many years the place had not seen too many humans and nobody was interested in the place. In the 70's/80's artists and naturalists discovered the location and revived the town (a little bit).
1991 the former movie theater was renovated and got a new roof. Today it is the "Starlight Theatre Restaurant and Bar" which offers food that has earned
a great reputation for having the best food "West of the Pecos".
Check this place out while in the area!
The Chili Appreciation Society International, Inc. (CASI)
holds each year on the first Saturday of November CASI the ultimate celebration of Chili.
This grandaddy of all chili cookoffs is held at Rancho CASI de los Chisos in Terlingua, Texas.
Rancho CASI is located on the North side of Highway 170, eleven miles West of Study Butte and 7 miles East of Lajitas.
The four day celebration begins each year on Wednesday before the big weekend, and culminates on Saturday with the Terlingua International Chili Championship©. It's a Texas tradition of epic proportion - complete with an annual proclamation from the Governor declaring "Chili Appreciation Society International Day" in Texas!
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the celebration, the unique vendors, the rugged terrain surrounding the ranch, and ...of course ...the Chili! The grounds officially open on the Wednesday before the first Saturday in November, and the gate admission, per person, for the entire event is $30.00. The gate admission for the first Saturday in November only, is $10.00 per person. The first Saturday in November is the actual day of the TICC International Chili Championship Cookoff. The nightly stage entertainment starts on Thursday night and continues through Saturday night.
The Chili Appreciation Society International, Inc.'s mission is to promote chili and raise money for charity. We are involved in over 500 chili cookoffs per year and raise over $1,000,000.00 annually for local charities.
In addition to raising funds for charitable organizations in the United States and participating foreign countries, we seek to educate the public about the historic and cultural significance of chili - an indigenous American tradition. We are working for the adoption of chili as the National Food of the United States.