Howard Theatre

308 N. Main Street,
Taylor, TX 76574

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Previously operated by: Robb & Rowley-United Inc., United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Rita Theatre, New Howard Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 512.352.2995
Manager: 512.352.2995

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Howard Theatre...Taylor Texas

The original Howard Theatre was originally built in 1924 by Howard Bland. This theatre, however, is not the original Howard Theatre. The original Howard Theatre was directly across the street from this ‘New’ Howard Theatre.

Originally, the name of this theatre was the Rita Theatre when it opened September 14, 1940. It showed all the B-run movies in town. It originally had 582 seats. The original Howard Theatre was the first run theatre.

In the 1950’s, the Blands' removed the sign off of the original Howard Theatre and closed that theatre. They moved the sign over to the newly refurbished Rita Theatre which reopened May 8, 1959 as the New Howard Theatre. By 1950 both the New Howard Theatre and the ‘old’ Howard Theatre were sold to the Robb & Rowley-United division, later a division of United Artists Theatres.

In 1972, the theatre was twinned into its present configuration by adding a stage and wall at the end of the balcony creating an upstairs and downstairs auditorium.

In 1990, United Artists sold the theatre back to F. Rhea Cromwell, a descendant of Howard Bland. In turn, the Cromwells' have leased the theatre out to several different individuals until 1999, when the current owner purchased the building outright from the Cromwells'.

It was closed in August 2021 and was reopened on November 19, 2021.

Information courtesy of William T. Parr.

Contributed by Jake Carter

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

bennyfolse on December 11, 2006 at 7:53 pm

Pretty cool but didn’t care for the upstairs show. There was a loud movie downstairs and the volume wasn’t loud enough to drown it out. Prices are great though. I didn’t peek into the downstairs but plan to see the next show there. Overall very nice feel.

trailerjoh on July 10, 2013 at 12:28 am

The Howard in Taylor went digital both upstairs and down. This happened the weekend following the day I took the pix on June 19, 2003. Here’s a few photos of the booths and equipment and of the auditoriums.

DavidZornig on March 12, 2015 at 11:08 pm

1950’s photo as the Rita Theatre added to Photos Section. Then and Now fade including the same in link below. Copy and paste to view.!/ll/30.569829,-97.409598/id/73126/info/sv/zoom/14/

DavidZornig on June 14, 2016 at 11:44 pm

Circa 1955 photo added courtesy of the Traces Of Texas Facebook page.

drice66 on August 20, 2021 at 12:23 pm

The Howard Theatre is closed.

drice66 on November 19, 2021 at 1:31 pm

The Howard Theatre has announced it will re-open on November 19, 2021. Glad to see it’s return.

drice66 on November 19, 2021 at 1:47 pm

Here is the link to an article in the Taylor Press about the Howard Theatre re-opening …

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