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Texas Theatres

"What's a Rialto, Anyway?"
Theatres have just won the dubious distinction of being America's most endangered buildings. Their spaciousness makes conversions difficult and their thin brick walls also make them easy to tear down. While they are still here -- here's a gallery of theatres that once dominated the town square and had the largest electric bills in town. Here are the Arcadias, Rialtos, Majestics, Paramounts, Texans, and Pioneers.

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Series 1
NEW FEATURE
  • Texas Theatre Old Neon Signs - Series 1 8-18-17
  • NEW
  • Midland - Yucca Theatre 4-22-17
  • Marfa - Palace Theatre 4-28-17
  • Globe Theatre
  • Bertram - The Globe Theatre Restored 8-12-16
  • Cotton pickin theater
    Features:
  • The Cotton Pickin’ Theater by Bob Bowman
    At Point, a small town of some 700 souls in northern Rains county..., a sturdy old gin has found a new life as an entertainment venue that draws crowds from all over East Texas and performers like Mark Chestnut, Pee Wee Walker, and Gary Busey.
  • Texas Theatre
  • The Texas Theatre by Dana Goolsby
    The crown jewel of Palestine, has been salvaged and reborn.
  • Odessa - Globe Theatre by Colonel Hawkeye
  • Globe
    Saenger Theatre
  • San Augustine - Augus Theatre by Barclay Gibson
  • Ballinger - Texas Theatre
  • Perot Theatre, formerly Saenger Theatre
  • Pines Theatre
  • The Rebirth of the Pines by Chris Adams
    Lufkin's beautiful renovation of the 1925 moderne, single-screen Pines Theater
  • "Rebirth of the Kay" by Chris Adams
    Rockdale's Kay Theatre
  • Wellington Texas - Ritz Theatre
  • Wellington - The Ritz Theatre
  • Collection 1
    Collection 10
  • Billy Smith Texas Theater Photo Collection
  • Billy B. Smith Theater Collection; Series Ten Ten Texas Theaters
  • Dallas Theaters | Fort Worth Theaters
    Wes Reeves' Theatre Photos:
  • Seven Panhandle Theatres
  • Canyon Theatre, Leakey Leakey's Last Picture Show by Linda Kirkpatrick
  • Palestine’s Texas Theater by Bob Bowman
  • Stately Memories by Billy B. Smith
  • I was A Teenage Projectionist
  • Capitan Theatre
  • Pasadena's Capitan Theatre

  • Texas Theatres List (Featured Articles & Images)

  • Abilene - Paramount & Majestic Theatre 8-18-17
  • Alamo Heights - Broadway Theatre
  • Alice - Rialto Theatre
  • Alpine - Granada Theatre
  • Amarillo - Paramount Theatre
  • Anson - 1907 Opera House
  • Anson - Palace Theatre
  • Archer City - The Royal Theater featured in The Last Picture Show
  • Athens - Texan Theatre
  • Austin - Paramount Feature
  • Ballinger - Texas Theatre Feature
  • Bay City
  • Baytown - Brunson Theatre
  • Beaumont - Jefferson Theatre Marquee
  • Beaumont - Jefferson Theatre
  • Beeville - Rialto Theatre
  • Beeville - Rio Theatre
  • Bertram - The Globe Theatre Restored
  • Big Spring - Ritz Theatre
  • Big Wells
  • Blanco
  • Bronte - Texas Theatre
  • Brownfield Theatres
  • Brownsville - Majestic Theatre
  • Brownwood - Bowie & Lyric Theatres
  • Bryan - Palace Theatre
  • Bryan - Queen Theatre
  • Calvert - Eloia Theatre
  • Canadian - Palace Theatre
  • Childress - Palace Theatre
  • Cisco - Palace Theatre
  • Clarendon - Mulkey Theatre
  • Claude - Gem Theatre
  • Cleburne - Esquire Theatre
  • Clifton - Cliftex Theatre
  • Columbus - Oaks Theatre
  • Conroe - Crighton Theatre
  • Copperas Cove - Cove Theatre
  • Corsicana - Palace Theatre
  • Crockett - Ritz Theatre
  • Crystal City
  • Dalhart - La Rita Theatre
  • DeKalb - State Theatre
  • Del Rio
  • Denison - Rialto Theatre
  • Dimmitt - Carlisle Theatre
  • Eagle Pass - Aztec Theatre
  • Earth - Earth Theatre
  • Eastland - Majectic Theatre 8-18-17
  • Ed Couch - Rio Theatre
  • Eden - Rivas Cinema Theatre - Photo essay by Jason Penney
  • Edna - Edna Theatre 7-1-17
  • Electra - The Grand Theatre Feature
  • Falfurrias - Almeda Theatre
  • Falfurrias - Pioneer Theatre
  • Fayetteville - Dawn Theater
  • Flatonia - Lyric Theater
  • Floydada - Palace Theatre
  • Fort Clark - Post Theater
  • Gainesville- State Theatre
  • Ganado - Ganado Cinema
  • Garland - Plaza Theatre
  • George West - Theater name unknown
  • Gladwater - Cozy Theatre
  • Goliad - Frels Theatre
  • Graham - Theatres
  • Greenville - Texan Theatre
  • Hale Center - Closed Theatre
  • Hallettsville
  • Harlingen - Grande Theatre
  • Harlingen - Rialto Theatre
  • Hearne - Chatmas Theatre
  • Hillsboro - Texas Theatre
  • Hondo - Raye Theater *
  • Houston - Globe Theater
  • Humble - Jewel Theater
  • Huntsville - Town Theatre
  • Jacksonville - Palace Theater, 1932
  • Junction - Texan Theatre
  • Karnes City - Rialto Theatre
  • Kerrville - Arcadia Theatre
  • Kilgore - Crim Theatre and Texan Theatre
  • Kingsville - Texas Theatre
  • Kirbyville
  • La Grange - Cozy Theater Feature
  • Leakey - Canyon Theatre Feature
  • Liberty - Liberty Opry on the Square, former Park Theater
  • Liberty - Former theater
  • Littlefield - Palace Theatre
  • Livingston - Fain Theatre
  • Lufkin - The Rebirth of the Pines Feature
  • Lumberton - Palace Theatre
  • Marfa - Palace Theatre 4-28-17
  • Marlin - Palace Theatre
  • Marlin - Strand Theatre
  • Marshall - Paramount Theatre
  • Mason - Odeon
  • McAllen - El Rey
  • McGregor - Library Theatre
  • McGregor - Texas Theatre
  • McKinney - The Ritz
  • McLean - The Avalon Theater
  • Memphis
  • Merkel - Queen Theatre
  • Mexia - Mexia Theatre
  • Midland - Yucca Theatre Feature
  • Mineola - Select Theatre Feature
  • Mineral Wells - Grand Theatre
  • Mount Vernon - Joy Theater
  • Muleshoe - Wallace Theatre
  • Munday - Roy Theatre
  • Nacogdoches - Main Theatre
  • Navasota - Millers Theatre
  • New Braunfels - Brauntex Theatre
  • Oak Cliff - Texas Theatre
  • Odessa - Ector Theatre Feature
  • Odessa - Globe Theatre Feature
  • Olton- Roxy Theatre
  • Overton
  • Paducah - Alace & Zana Theatre
  • Palestine - Gem Theatre Feature
  • Palestine - Texas Theatre by Dana Goolsby Feature
  • Paris - Plaza Theatre
  • Pasadena - The Capitan Theatre
  • Pearsall - Oaks Theatre
  • Pecos
  • Perryton - Ellis Theatre
  • Plainview - Granada Theatre by Dwight Young Feature
    Donna Reed and The Granada Theatre (no images)
  • Plainview Theatres
  • Point
  • Port Lavaca Theatre
  • Porterville - Temple Theater
  • Premont - The Rig Theatre
  • Ranger - Lone Star Theatre
  • Raymondville - Texas Theatre
  • Rio Grande City - Garmon Theater
  • Roby - Roby Theatre
  • Rockdale - "Rebirth of the Kay" Feature
  • Rosenburg - Cole Theatre
  • San Augustine - Augus Theatre Feature
  • Sanderson - Princess Theater *
  • Santa Rosa - Rio Theatre
  • Sealy - Texas Theatre
  • Seguin - Palace Theatre
  • Seguin - Texas Theatre
  • Sierra Blanca - State Theatre
  • Snyder - Ritz Theatre
  • Spearman - Lyric Theatre
  • Spur - Palace Theatre
  • Stamford - Grand Theatre
  • Stanton - Texas Theatre
  • Sulphur Springs - Mission
  • Sweetwater - Texas Theatre
  • Taylor - Theater name unknown
  • Temple - The Arcadia Theatre
  • Temple - The Texas Theatre
  • Terlingua - Starlight Theatre
  • Texarkana - Perot Theatre, formerly Saenger Theatre Feature
  • Three Rivers - Rialto Theatre
  • Timpson - Fox Theatre
  • Tulia - Royal Theatre
  • Tyler - Arcadia, Liberty and Tyler Theaters
  • Vernon - Plaza Theatre
  • Victoria - Theatre Victoria
  • Waco Hippodrome Theater
  • Wallis
  • Waxahachie - Texas Theater
  • Wellington - The Ritz Theatre
  • West Columbia - Capitol Theatre
  • Wharton - Plaza Theater
  • Wills Point - The Majestic Theatre
  • Wink - The Rig Theatre (Historic photos)
    More to come

    Opera Houses and Theatres for the Performing Arts

  • Amarillo - Grand Opera House
  • Austin - The Millett Opera House c. 1878 Feature
  • Beaumont - Julie Rogers Theater for the Performing Arts
  • Beaumont - Kyle Opera House
  • Granbury - Granbury Opera House by Joan Upton Hall Feature
  • Hallettsville - Opera House c. 1896
  • Plainview - Schick Opera House
  • Point - The Cotton Pickin’ Theater by Bob Bowman Feature
  • Shiner - Opera House
  • Uvalde - The Uvalde Grand Opera House c. 1891
    More to come


    Haunted Theatres in Texas
  • Schulenburg - The Cozy Theater Feature
  • Granbury - Granbury Opera House by Joan Upton Hall Feature


    Texas Drive-ins - Images

  • Granbury - Brazos Drive-in Theater
  • McCamey
  • Menard - Mission Drive-In
  • Quanah
  • Rio Grande City - H & H Drive-in
  • Rule
    More to come

  • Theatre Related Stories
  • Supporting Features: Writing and Interviews on Movies and Moviemakers by Damien Love. Review by Dr. Kirk Bane 6-2-17
  • Wisdom learned from the silver screen by Britt Towery
    I was fortunate to get an early start on study of the history of the world. Every Saturday night mother took my sister and I to a double-feature at the one-aisled Queen Theater on Brownwood’s Center Avenue.
  • If It was a Fable, Let It Continue by Britt Towery
    There was a certain pride of station when I wore the maroon uniform of a Lyric Theater usher. That was a time when theater ushers actually helped people find a seat during the film...
  • Champ Did His Experiment at the State Theater and in the Name of The Enforcer by Bill Cherry
    There was a period where the use of the name Nelson was often meant to bring respect and fear. At least there was one Nelson - Charles was his name - whom everyone seemed to know was harmless... Most others, though, had the reputation among us teenagers for being The Enforcers...
  • Remembrances: The Queen Theatre in Merkel, Texas or Reflections through a Dr. Pepper bottle by Roger T. Moore
  • The Joy Theater of Shreveport by Billy B. Smith
    I saw a photograph of it in a history book about my hometown: the old Joy Theater on Texas Street. It is long gone now, as many movie theaters from the 1950s are, but seeing the photo brought back fond memories of my youth. The Joy was somewhat scandalous because of both the types of movies it showed and because of the kinds of patrons it attracted...
  • Tennessee Williams' Texas Director by Bob Bowman
    Without the interest of an East Texas woman, American theater icon Tennessee Williams might still be writing high school plays in a small town.
  • Hollywood Soot by Audrey A. Herbrich
    Photos by Boyd Photography, La Grange
    The Cozy Theater "had always been a town staple, not unlike cotton of the 40s, Chicken Ranch hookers of the 60s, or oil of the 80s. It was a prime hot spot. First dates, first kisses, first tastes of Cokes not from cans—all in the Cozy..."
  • Texas Guinan
    "I would rather have a square inch of New York than all the rest of the world." - Texas Guinan
  • Cowboy Gene by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
    Gene Autry the Singing Cowboy and the Palace Theater in Childress
  • The Movies in 1930s Marlin A memoir by George Lester
  • Profile of an Actor: Maurice Barrymore
  • Quite an Experience by Louise George ("History by George")
    A theater burned in Mena

    We will add Texas theatres as time permits.


    *Our thanks to Lew Shrier & Dorothy Jordan for identifying theatres previously listed as unknown.

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