Waco’s 25th Street Theatre Slated for Demolition
WACO, TX — I recently went to the Waco city hall and did an open records request concerning the 25th Street Theatre. Apparently, the building was red tagged on October 10, 2003 and is now slated for demolition, although no definite date was provided, so maybe there is still time to save it.
I viewed pictures taken by a Waco building inspector and the place is a disaster. Amazingly enough, though, the mural of the Chariots on the theater’s south wall is still intact, but badly water damaged.
The current owner Mr. C.E. Olsen Jr. of Las Vegas NV has kept up taxes on the property but that’s all that’s been done, which makes no sense. Why pay taxes on a building you are letting deteriorate? Sell it or donate it.
Here are the comments of the city’s building inspector — word for word — dated 3/8/01…
This is a historical building and should be preserved as a landmark. Real poor condition. Roof has several water leaks. All AC ducts are rotted and have started falling down. Wall covering falling from several walls. Large marquee (neon vertical sign) has large cracks and is in danger of collapsing. Needs an engineer to look at the entire structure.
I will be calling the Historic Waco Foundation to see if there is a way to get the building granted landmark status and somehow stop the demolition before its too late.
Email me at with infomation on what can be done to stop the demolition.
Night shot of the 25th Street Theatre taken in 1992, just before the theater closed for good.