108 N. Main Street,
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Architects: Jack J. Liebenberg
Firms: Liebenberg and Kaplan
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Time Theatre
The Austin Theater opened in April 1937 with George O'Brien in “Park Avenue Logger”. It was initially conceived to be named the Time Theater. The architect was Jack Liebenberg of the architectural firm Liebenberg and Kaplan (Seeman Kaplan being the businessman and engineer of the partnership). A good example of a classic Streamlined Deco design, the Time Theater balances and dominates the adjoining shops. Solid geometric shapes make the transition from horizontal marquee to vertical sign appear smooth and effortless.
A seating capacity of 650 is given in the Film Daily Yearbook. 1941, but by the FDY 1952 it had been reduced to 506. It was closed on October 22, 1955 with Abbott & Costello “Lost in Alaska” & Jeff Chandler in “The Great Sioux Uprising”. It was converted into retail use.
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