Texas Theatre

231 W. Jefferson Boulevard,
Dallas, TX 75208

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DavidZornig on March 8, 2009 at 9:34 am

Is it me, or does that last picture in the link of Van Heflin with James MacArthur, look like George Kennedy?
Now THERE would have been a conspiracy theory.
Actors sharing names with presidents & generals on the day of the assassination? Oh the drama.

42ndStreetMemories on March 8, 2009 at 6:25 am

TCM’s daily blog focuses today on the Oswald-Texas connection.

Here’s the link:

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 3, 2009 at 8:37 am

A 1939 movie ad promoting a double feature, “Honor of the West” and “Daredevils of the Red Cirlce” along with an episode of a Republic serial, “The Executioner” at the Texas Theater in Oak Cliff.

DavidZornig on January 7, 2009 at 12:15 am

Thanks for the pic. Your recent marquee close-up looks like it was nicely restored.
I found it worth the time to re-read most of what is currently available on the official website at the top of the page. Including the “Blog” link.
Seems they intend to remove the stucco they claim was put on after Oswald’s capture. And return the facade to it’s original 1931 appearance. There are a few films scheduled, but it doesn’t really say they are AT the Texas Theatre.

barakepstein on December 24, 2008 at 10:55 am

here is a recent med format pic I took of the theater

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DavidZornig on November 22, 2008 at 7:01 pm

P.S. In comparing the various photos posted to CT, the extention tower coming off of the roof that supports the “T” & “E” sign portion, has been removed in stages.
First the old gazebo like structure from the very top was removed. Then the square box like support for the gazebo & the top two letters.

The 2007 photo shows that just a flat, upward support has been installed, so the top of the word TEXAS could be supported alone. I only looked back at these because the History.com piece had a full tower as support.

DavidZornig on November 22, 2008 at 6:20 pm

Just saw a 3 minute History.com piece about the Kennedy Assassination.

The old black & white footage used in the establishing shot of the Texas Theater (Oswald’s point of capture), showed “Richard Burton’s HAMLET” on the marquee. According to IMDB and a subsequent review, this version came out in 1964. And was “essentially a videotape of a Broadway performance”. Which Burton allegedly ordered all copies destoyed after a limited theatrical run. (So it’s apparently tough to find.)

Two things of note, whoever shot that B/W Texas Theater B-Roll way back when for whatever original Kennedy piece, obviously did it the following year.

Secondly, since Burton’s HAMLET was indeed a taped Broadway performance, it was likely re-dubbed to film in order to play at movie theaters. Since it’s unlikely however many theaters it ended up playing it’s limited run at, would pay the added cost to switch out projection equipment just to play one feature.
Especially since it was likely originally shot/stored on 2-inch videotape or whatever was the norm back then for the original remote shoot.

lrostochil on November 19, 2008 at 9:43 am

I seem to remember that prior to about 1990, the Texas Theater had an entirely different sign out front, and it looked like the whole front had some kind of siding on it. When Oliver Stone came to town to film JFK, he restored the facade to the way it looked in 1963. Does anyone remember what the theater looked like before he did that, or am I the only one?

smf on April 16, 2008 at 7:48 pm

This is great news! I grew up in Oak Cliff, and one of my math teachers was also a cashier at the Texas Theatre. I am very happy to see that it’s been restored/renovated/whatever!

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 14, 2008 at 3:41 pm

A 1992 view of the Texas Theater here and here.

Christinada5 on April 9, 2008 at 6:57 pm

I remember the Texas Theater like it was yesterday. Back in the 80’s when they use to show movies like Vamp and Desperately Seeking Susan. I must have been 6 or 7 years old. But now as adult, and as someone who has lived in Dallas all my life, I’m not surprised that the Texas Theater renovation has yet to actually come full circle. Every blue moon the Texas Theaer is mentioned in the news. One would have thought that the building would be up and running by now. I hate to be critical but, Dallas has a bad rep for letting historical sites go down.

KingBiscuits on April 3, 2008 at 3:23 am

I read that Penitentary was a big hit at this theatre.

Michael on March 18, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Saw Tora, Tora, Tora here when I was about 7. Great theater. It had some weird aisle on the side, where you could walk in from the back and walk to the front.

JNB on November 16, 2007 at 12:19 pm

For an example of how a “Restoration” or “Renovation” CAN be done(Using funds from the public and private sectors) I would suggest a visit to The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture at 100 South Houston Street in Downtown Dallas . This is a combination of a restoration to 1892 architectural details and a museum containing the latest in “high tech” video programs, interactive computer displays, etc. Incidentally ,the bell and clock tower re-construction has been completed and both are now in working order and regularly strike the hours each hour.


philbertgray on November 6, 2007 at 10:01 am

Here is a link to WFAATV in Dallas. It discusses the grand reopening of the theatre on November 17th. There is also a short video of the theatre both outside and inside the auditorium. The inside doesn’t look like much. Just a square box with white walls and a blue ceiling/

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Here is a link to the Texas Theatre website. The prospectus for the renovation states: “The theater’s proposed rehabilitation consists of first renovating the theater to a live performance venue and then restoring the theater’s interior and exterior to reflect the 1963 period of significance . The restoration includes an expansion to adjacent property to provide additional bathrooms, dressing rooms, balcony use and access, and classroom and office spaces.”


From the video it appears that the original atmospheric ornamentation is completely gone. If they are indeed restoring it to its 1963 condition I imagine much, if not all, of the interior decoration might have been moved prior to 1963 when many theatres did wholesale interior destruction to accommodate Cinemascope

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 5, 2007 at 11:59 pm

The city of Dallas can’t even restore a pot hole. The rumor of a reopening is several years old.

Take a look a some of the previous comments. Money is going down a black hole somewhere.

Also take a look at the pictures, past and present. The TEXAS has become a mere shell of its former self.

This is a restoration???

kencmcintyre on November 5, 2007 at 11:10 pm

The shots of the interior looked okay. Is there a problem anticipated with the re-opening?

HowardBHaas on November 5, 2007 at 10:28 pm

Why does reopening the theater rate a yawn?

kencmcintyre on November 4, 2007 at 11:00 pm

There was a story on the Los Angeles local news (Channel 9) tonight about the imminent re-opening of the Texas. A fete is planned for next month.

danwhitehead1 on October 25, 2007 at 10:59 pm

They actually did some work!! Great. Looks like the boxoffice is now gone. That’s no good.

randini on September 18, 2007 at 7:53 pm

In amongst all this hot air would you like an account of actually attending a movie at the Texas?

In 1978 Mark Lamberti (still of local DFW fame I believe) and I attended what I recall was a classic 70s double bill at the Texas: Joe Dante’s “Piranha” and Tobe Hooper’s “Eaten Alive”. It was a Saturday night, the place was packed, and we two were, shall we say, in a condition of “ethnic minority”.

Toward the finale of “Eaten Alive” Neville Brand’s ravenous pet alligator is developing a taste for his master, egged on, in no uncertain terms, by the Texas' audience. When a guy behind me stood up on his seat and started yelling “Get that honkey!” Mark leaned over and suggested a propitious early exit, to which sound advice I immediately concurred.

Such, such were the days!

danwhitehead1 on May 5, 2007 at 7:51 pm

I stopped by this theatre early this afternoon. The only thing that’s been done since the last time I was there is that the vertical “Texas” sign is now gone. The only way to tell that this is a theatre is because of the box office. Where did that $1.2 million left over after the purchase of the buidling disappear to? I doubt that we’ll ever know who stole it. I doubt there’s anyone with enough guts to investigate the matter.

JNB on April 5, 2007 at 9:37 am

PS- Besides the Manager C. R. “Uncle Mack” Mc Henry; Harold B. Robb and E.H. Rowley (probably of the Robb-Rowley Theater chain); W.Scott Dunne, architect; A.J. Rife Construction Company; W.G. Underwood;
and David Bernbaum are listed as “Uncle Mack’s partners”.

The first movie shown was “‘Parlor-Bedroom and Bath'Featuring the great lover, Buster Keaton and numerous other.”

“Coming attractions” included.:
“Cimarron”, with Richard Dix and Irene Dunne
“Don’t Bet On Women”, with Edmund Lowe and Jeanette Mc Donald
“The Last Parade”, with Jack Holt, Tom Moore and Constance Cummings
….and of course Fox News and Walt Disney’s “Silly Symphonies”

JNB on April 5, 2007 at 9:25 am

“This Spanish Eclectic Theater was part of a chain of theaters once owned by Howard Hughes.”

Now where in the world did that come from ? The theater might have been part of the Robb-Rowley chain (see below)?

A tour of the Texas Theater was made recently March 24, 2007 by a few members of the regular “Message Board Posters” of the Dallas Historical Society. (Unfortunately the Message Board has experienced some difficulties and is no longer in operation on the DHS website, dallashistory.org.) Work was progressing rather slowly…it seems to be on a bit of a shoestring as far as actual work goes . Plans are to restore the interior to the original 1931 appearance and the exterior to the 1963 appearance (a concession to the Lee Harvey Oswald capture connection). The stage has been enlarged and plans are for reconstruction of the balcony to provide better sight lines
for stage productions is part of the restoration program. The Dallas Summer Musicals plans to stage its productions in the Texas Theater
in the future.