Kirby Theatre

911 Main Street,
Houston, TX 77002

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Previously operated by: Publix Theaters Corporation

Architects: Alfred Charles Finn

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Kirby Theatre

The Kirby Theatre was opened on August 12, 1927 and named after John Henry Kirby. The Maurice Law Orchestra accompainied many of the films along with a grand theater organ often played by Julie Dawn. The projectionist was Jesse E. Hogue who was still at the helm up until the theater closed in 1970 and was demolished.

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EnnisCAdkins on February 24, 2004 at 10:48 am

The theater closed in the mid 1950’s and became the Houston Neiman Marcus.

sgilmore on August 26, 2004 at 7:51 pm

The Kirby was still going strong in the mid 1950’s and was the first 3D house in Houston showing “Bhawana Junction” – a lousy movie if I do say so.
The auditorium was located in the rear section of the Kirby Bldg. and was reached from a long, narrow entrance from Main Street.
Neiman Marcus was in the adjacent building next to the Kirby.

Stan Gilmore

EAdkins on August 27, 2004 at 2:27 pm

“Bwana Devil” was the first 3-D movie and it opened at the Kirby in the first part of 1953, having premiered in New York on 11/26/52. I WAS a lousy movie. I was told by my parents that the Kirby theater became part of the Houston Neiman Marcus. I do remember the long narrow entrance, but the same thing applied to the Metropolitan and Loews State.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 3, 2004 at 10:57 am

‘American Theatres of Today’ Vol 1 published in 1927 gives Alfred C. Finn as the architect of the Kirby Theatre.

WurliTzer1614 on October 12, 2006 at 6:08 pm

Information on the organ originally from this theatre can be found at:

sepiatone on September 17, 2009 at 5:15 pm

The Kirby was a Publix Theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 26, 2010 at 4:31 am

Jesse Jones, currently listed as the architect of this theater, was not an architect but a busnessman and a real estate developer. The architect of the Kirby Theatre was Alfred Charles Finn.

TLSLOEWS on July 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Interesting photo of the Kirby Theatre,any one notice it says Kirby Lumber Company on the top of the building.

Rotwang on January 26, 2019 at 12:23 pm

When I was a growing up, back in the nineteen fifties, the Kirby Theater was famous for a big box-office robbery that took place back in the thirties or forties. Adults were still talking about this hold-up in the fifties, but I never heard all the details. It seemed to me that the Lowes, Metropolitan and Majestic got first crack at the major Studio films and the Kirby got first crack at second rate movies. I saw some of the last new Abbott and Costello comedies at the Kirby. This was after the comedy team had been replaced by Martian and Lewis and they were no longer a big draw in theaters.

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