Tower Theater

1647 S. Alameda Street,
Corpus Christi, TX 78404

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Tower Theater

The Tower Theater opened on November 9, 1937. The debut attraction was Ann Sothern in "Danger-Love at Work". It was operated by Robb & Rowley-United Inc.

By 1957 it was operated by Rowley United Theatres Inc. In September 1956, the Tower Theater became the 23rd theater in North America and 3rd in Texas to be equipped for 70mm presentation.

Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Tower Theater was Corpus Christi’s main roadshow theater, booking reserved-seat event films such as "Oklahoma!," "Ben-Hur," "The Sound Of Music," etc., often playing them in 70mm and stereophonic sound.

By the mid-1970’s, the Tower Theater was primarily playing Spanish-language films. It was refurbished and reopened under new managership on November 4, 1982 and closed on May 23, 1986. It was demolished in 2014 for a medical center.

Contributed by Michael Coate

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Coate on October 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Who the heck edited my intro? If I would’ve known my submission was going to be edited and would end up including questionable punctuation and stylization, I would have reconsidered posting.

Please, Cinema Treasures staff, if you wish to edit my writing, please run it by me first.

seymourcox on October 26, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Compare design similarities to Tulsa' Delman and Tower theatres, and one can see that it is quite likely that this this theatre came from the drawing board of W. Scott Dunne.

rivest266 on November 26, 2020 at 4:22 pm

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dallasmovietheaters on December 25, 2022 at 1:11 pm

In 1982, operator Julio Gonzales received a 5-year sublease from United Artists to relight the venue with a $50,000 makeover. It reopened on November 4, 1982 with “Un Hombre Llamada El Diablo.” It closed permanently May 23, 1986. The building was razed for a medical center in 2014.

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