Across Texas, old theaters are struggling to survive. Many have closed
and others torn down. Some have been remodeled and are still operating.
Theaters are listed and sorted by cities. (All photos taken by Webmaster)
Paramount Theater is located on Cypress in
Aztec Theater is located in downtown Albany. It
seated 500 showgoers in its heyday. The theater
was completely remodeled in 1991.
Palace Theater is located near downtown
Anson and is closed.
Opera House in downtown Anson.
ARCHER CITY - Royal Theater is located in downtown Archer City. It was the
site for the movie "The Last Picture Show".
Remains of the Texas Theater near the
square in downtown Athens. Only the
shell of the building remains today.
The 1915 Paramount Theater is the oldest surviving
theater in Austin, located on Congress Ave.
The State Theater operates along with and next door
to the Paramount. It was built in 1935 and is located
on Congress Ave. in downtown Austin.
Texas Theater is located in downtown
Ballinger, opened as the Palace Theater
but was renamed after the Texas Theater
burned across the street. The Texas sign
was moved across to this theater. It has
been closed for years.
BEAUMONT - Jefferson Theater is located at 345 Fannin St. in Beaumont and
opened in 1927 with 1,451 seats. It was restored and reopened in 2003 for
Ritz Theater located on the square in Big
Remains of Blanco Theater located on the
square in Blanco. It opened in 1936 and
closed in 1958.
National Theater is located in downtown
Breckenridge on Walker St. It has recently
Texas Theater is located near downtown
Bronte, restored and may still be in use.
Rialto Theater is located in downtown
Brownfield (West Texas) and still operating.
BROWNWOOD - Lyric Theater presently being renovated.
The remains of the Queen Theater in downtown Bryan. The roof of
the Palace caved-in some years ago and is now a new open-air
theater. Another downtown theater was called the Dixie.
Remains of the Eloia Theater
in downtown Calvert.
The Plaza Theater in downtown Canton closed
and now the Canton Plaza Museum.
Plaza Theater in downtown Carrollton, opened
in 1949 and was ran by the Lowrey family until
1993. The Plaza theater was the only venue
for movies & local performances in Carrollton
for decades. After it was closed, the Farmers
Branch Church of Christ bought the structure.
Later it temporarily housed the Grapevine Opry.
Recently the theater was renovated and is now
the Plaza Arts Center.
The Rio Theater in downtown Center still
shows first-run movies. Prior to 1941, it
was the Shelby Theater.
Pix Theater in downtown Centerville is now
part of a church.
Remains of the 1920s Palace Theater was in downtown
Cisco. The Broadway Theater (below) was located in
the building before the Palace was built. The Palace
was the first to have a water-cooled air conditioning
system. Another theater in Cisco was the Texas which
showed the first sound movies. In Sept. of 2008, the
old Palace was destroyed and all the equipment inside
crushed. The Judia Theater was built in 1919.
Broadway Theater (1910) Judia Theater
Remains of the Esquire Theater near
the square in downtown Cleburne.
The Palace Theater is located in downtown
Colorado City and is closed.
The 1921 Palace Theater is located in downtown
Corsicana and was recently refurbished for the
Corsicana Opry which specializes in country-
western and gospel music.
The Ritz Theater is located near the square in