2200 Hancock Drive,
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Architects: William B. Saunders
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- May 21, 2010 — Happy 30th, "Empire"
Located in the north central neighborhood of Allandale. The Americana Theatre was built by Trans-Texas Theatres and opened April 28, 1965 with Glen Ford in “The Rounders”. Designed by architect William B. Saunders, it had seating for 783 and was equipped with 35mm & 70mm projectors. Soon after its opening the Americana Theatre hosted the State Premiere of “Cat Ballou”. In the early-1970’s it was taken over by AMC theatres. The theatre featured a huge 70mm screen.
The story that goes is that the downfall of the theatre was an agreement made between AMC and Disney to give the Americana Theatre an exclusive showing on “Annie”. Disney made the agreement but stipulated it was for 18 weeks. AMC wasn’t able to get out of the contract and dug itself deep into the red and was not able to recover financially on the theatre. The Americana Theatre was closed April 5, 1987.
In 1999, the Americana Theatre was converted into the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library.
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