Cinema West

2130 S. Congress Avenue,
Austin, TX 78704

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rivest266 on March 11, 2018 at 1:02 am

Reopened as Cinema West on June 10th, 1977. Grand opening ad in the photo section. Adult movies at this time.

Patsy on March 10, 2018 at 7:14 pm

This theatre with art deco lobby should be saved.

paulnelson on January 20, 2015 at 1:28 am

Old theatres like this had better presentation and not generic and impersonal like many new multiplexes. No wonder many of these new theatres close fast.

rhemasman on November 11, 2013 at 1:42 am

I was an usher at this theater when Mr. Hicks was manager.

Admission was 35¢ for children and 50¢ for adults. Hotdogs were 25¢…Charms suckers 10¢…Popcorn 15¢ and it had a balcony.

My brother and my cousins had so many good times there. The picture looks the same as when I was there.

The ticket booth was outside…from a ticket roll, no automation.

Where did those fun days go?

joycets684 on June 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm

The Texas Theatre, on the Drag (guadalupe) across from the University of Texas became an Eckerds Drug store in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s, and when CVS came in and took over the Austin Eckerd’s chain it became one of them. I was trying to comment on the Varsity Theatre on the Drag, down at 24th & Guad, and could not find a comment section there. I was in the Varsity during the great Memorial Day Flood of 1981. At that time I believe it had just opened the 2nd floor “twin theatre” version and a disney cartoon was showing (an old disney, not a recent one). When we left the roads were flooding.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2011 at 10:53 am

The finding aid to the Interstate Theatre Collection at the Dallas Public Library lists the Austin Theatre as designed in 1938 by the architectural firm of MacKie & Kamrath. The Austin is also listed in the finding aid to the Karl Kamrath Collection at the University of Texas in Austin. This aid also features brief biographies of Karl Kamrath and Fred MacKie.

James on September 14, 2009 at 2:37 am

The two photos dated 1950 are NOT the Austin Theater. The first is the State Theater, its currently owned by The Paramount & State Theater Company The Walgreens next door to the State Theater moved to a less costly location, but the building is still there on the corner.

The second photo is the Texas Theater in Palestine TX, not Austin.

The Austin Theater located at 2130 S Congress Ave, Austin Texas is currently owned according to tax records by Austin Music Partners LLC.

GypsyInt on October 24, 2004 at 12:23 am

Do any of you know if these old drive-in theaters are still for sale?

LauraMcGuire on October 16, 2004 at 12:19 am

Anyone have any idea what corporation initially commissioned Mackie and Kamrath to construct the theater? Are M&K’s records housed anywhere in Houston?

cricket on March 19, 2004 at 7:54 pm

Does anyone know of an outdoor theater in Austin, Texas?

ianumlauf on February 3, 2004 at 1:59 am

C.S.A. Realty Group in Austin (8305 Shoal Creek Blvd.) is overseeing the property. A gentleman by the name of Juan Creixell should be able to answer any questions you might have. I met with him in July (when the property was still available), and he was very helpful and knowledgable in terms of the history of the theater. His office number is (512)453-6566. I’m not sure, however, if the building is still vacant and up for sale.

Lauren on January 16, 2004 at 8:40 pm

Is it still for sale and who could I contact about it? Thanks

William on December 16, 2003 at 1:46 am

The Austin Theatre was located 2130 S. Congress and it seated 713 people.

ianumlauf on March 21, 2003 at 10:30 pm

The Houston-based architectural duo Mackie and Kamrath designed the theater in 1938 in a (probably “regional”) Art Deco style.

ianumlauf on October 24, 2002 at 1:43 pm

I am currently researching this theater and have learned that it has housed a few business after Cinema West (XXX) was closed down. A business communications company (FPI) was the last to occupy the building, but has recently vacated. As of 10/24/02, the building is empty and the property is up for sale.