33 W. Twohig Avenue,
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Architects: W. Scott Dunne
News About This Theater
- Jun 5, 2006 — Texas Theatre sold to Cinema Treasures user
The Texas Theatre opened on Thanksgiving day November 28, 1929 with Conrad Nagel in “The Hollywood Revue of 1929”. It was first owned by R&R Theatres of Dallas, TX. This is a mammoth theatre for a small city. I’d guess it’s four to five stories tall. The façade was your typical Mission Revival style with bell towers and tile roofs, but at some point, perhaps during the 1940’s, a Streamline Moderne style façade covered all but the top story. This façade features a huge outline of Texas which looks as though it had neon tubing at one point. The marquee is most impressive, even if all the tubing is gone.
United Artists Theatre bought it in 1956, and it closed in 1983.
The theatre appears to have been derelict for some time, and it looked like someone was working on it in 2004, but nothing happened. The interior looks rather stripped down, and the lobby was glassed in at some point with the removal of the external ticket booth. Old painted advertisements are still visible on the back which proclaim that the Texas Theatre is ‘the largest and finest in the West’.
The theatre is for sale at $150,000.00 but it would need $6m for restoration.
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