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sepiatone commented about Delman Theater on Sep 17, 2009 at 7:33 pm

The Delman Theater’s grand opening was at 6:15 p.m. on November 28, 1934. According to the Houston Post for that day and the next, the Delman was built by I.B. Adelman, owner/operator, and managed by L.O. Daniel, Jr. W. Scott Dunne was the architect. The premier feature was “Baby, Take a Bow” with Shirley Temple and Jimmy Dunn. The Delman was Houston’s first theater to be built especially for sound pictures. The projection and sound equipment was “the newest and most expensive type, an exact duplicate of that of Radio City Music Hall”. The auditorium was finished with acoustical plaster to absorb echoes and permit best sound presentation. The Delman was heated and air-conditioned.

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sepiatone commented about Kirby Theatre on Sep 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm

The Kirby was a Publix Theater.

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sepiatone commented about North Main Theatre on Sep 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm

The premier feature at the North Main was “Page Miss Glory” with Dick Powell and Marion Davies. The North Main advertised “modest prices 15-25¢. Children anytime 5¢.”

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sepiatone commented about Trail Drive-In on Sep 17, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Billed as “Texas' largest”, the Trail Drive-In’s grand opening was at 7:00 p.m. on April 21, 1950. A “giant fireworks show” was to be held in conjunction. Advertised capacity was 1000 cars. The premier feature was “Tulsa” with Susan Hayward and Robert Preston. Kids under 12 were admitted free with their parents.

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sepiatone commented about Windsor Cinerama Theater on Sep 17, 2009 at 6:57 pm

The Windsor opened on December 20, 1962. According to that day’s Houston Post, the Jefferson Circuit was its chain.

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sepiatone commented about Palms Theater on Jul 1, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Here’s a nighttime shot of the Palms from 1984.

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sepiatone commented about Telephone Road Drive-In on Jul 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm

P.S. Thanks, Ken, for the opening day date. That’s how I was able to find this.

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sepiatone commented about Telephone Road Drive-In on Jul 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Did some digging and found original ads and missing information about this theater.

The Telephone Road Twin Drive In Theatre (official name) opened on June 29, 1967, and was part of the Stanley-Warner Theatres chain. Advertising in both the Houston Post and Houston Chronicle announced that the drive-in featured “an ultra modern circular concession building â€" exterior of brick and glass â€" interior of stainless steel and Formica. Snack bar deluxe features fast, fast service, plus…a complete vending auxiliary, where you’ll meet the talking “Coke” machine! Completely paved parking area has a dust free, smooth, silent surface. True fidelity speakers give you a new depth of sound. Plenty of room…the Telephone Road Twin Drive In Theatre has a capacity of 1500 cars. Super high intensity projection lamps and an extra large prism screen provide a new brilliance, color and sharpness to outdoor movies. All tile restroom facilities are spacious and clean. Four lane entrance…no waiting. Come as you are! Everyone will be there… How about YOU?”

The ads mention Thomas N. Pauken & Associates, Dallas, Texas, and Bruce Willis Corp., 5630 South Acres Drive, Houston, Texas. Those are believed to be the drive-in’s architect firm and building contractor, respectively.

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sepiatone commented about Texan Theater on Nov 6, 2008 at 12:32 pm

The architects for this theater were Henry F. Jonas and Tabor. The building contractor was J.B. Townsend.

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sepiatone commented about Texan Theater on Nov 5, 2008 at 12:56 pm

The Texan Theater’s grand opening was at 2 p.m. on April 4, 1925. The first movie to play there was “Janice Meredith” by Cosmopolitan Pictures. According to that day’s Houston Post-Dispatch, the theater featured an orchestra pit, Texas history photos in the foyer, and a children’s nursery in the basement. Actor J. Warren Kerrigan was slated to be present at the opening.

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sepiatone commented about Texas Theatre on Oct 30, 2008 at 7:33 pm

The Texas Theatre was built in 1927, and it was originally named the Colonial Theater. Gary Cooper’s film “Betrayal” played here.

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sepiatone commented about Twin City Drive-In on Oct 30, 2008 at 7:14 pm

You’re welcome.

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sepiatone commented about Queen Theatre on Oct 30, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Cole Theaters operated a Lamar Theater in Richmond, and ads in old Fort Bend County newspapers advertised movie schedules for the Lamar. Was this and the Queen one and the same?

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sepiatone commented about Hollywood Theater on Oct 29, 2008 at 7:53 am

According to “Historic Matagorda County” by the Matagorda County Historical Commission, the Queen was the original name for the Hollywood. The Queen was, at one time, one of three theaters in Palacios. The other two were the Capitol and the Grenada. The Hollywood was also said to have been used for town meetings. It was closed in the 1960s, and it was the last theater to close in Palacios.

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sepiatone commented about Palace Theater on Oct 28, 2008 at 1:02 pm

In the photo, the car parked in front of the drug store is a 1958 Chevrolet.

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sepiatone commented about Plaza Theatre on Oct 10, 2008 at 7:39 pm

The last movie to show at the Plaza before it closed was Horton Foote’s “1918”. That was in June 1985.

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sepiatone commented about Twin City Drive-In on Sep 29, 2008 at 6:14 pm

A partial image of the Twin City’s screen mural can be seen here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/blainepen/89533460/

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sepiatone commented about Cozy Theater on Sep 29, 2008 at 6:08 pm

The Cozy was not rebuilt and has been demolished. The site of the Cozy is now a vacant lot.

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sepiatone commented about Queen Theater on Aug 7, 2007 at 7:00 pm

The street address for the Queen is 300 W. Milam St, Wharton, TX 77488-4918.

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sepiatone commented about Edna Theatre on Feb 2, 2006 at 9:54 am

Received this information second-hand, but it caught my attention. The theater has been closed since 1979. City of Edna officials are seeking State of Texas grants to restore the theater. The applications will be due in April 2006. My source is the Wharton Journal-Spectator, 25 January ‘06, page A6.