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To Pawnshop, it is both a movie theater and live theater now. We have a roll down screen and can do digital presentations there now. The blade out front has been restored and turned back on in the first week of Oct. 2013. New neon tubes, wiring and cleaned up and polished face of the blade.
Pulled some booth shifts here in the early to mid 70’s. It was a great booth. Almost as good as the Americana. Trans-Texas was good to work for and had some good friends there.
ndeed, it is BURNET with one “T”. Here is a better copy of my photo submitted by Mr. Cohen. See this link.
Photo was taken in the early 70’s before closure. I showed some films there as a relief operator in the early 70'. Nice drive in. There are other photos of the theater on either side of the above link.
To rdk, it may have played older films towards the end and also showed repertory films but, up until the mid 70’s, they did show first run. The first film I projected there was new to Austin. STRAW DOGS then THE LAST PICTURE SHOW the next day. Showed and saw a lot of first run films there.
The Howard in Taylor went digital both upstairs and down. This happened the weekend following the day I took the pix on June 19, 2003. Here’s a few photos of the booths and equipment and of the auditoriums.
That is true. The guy that has it now said they were operational after all these years. When I was there, they turned over very smoothly. Would have loved to have seen the place in it’s prime.
I have a few interior shots taken a few years ago.
Found some negatives I took in the 80’s of the mural while it was sorta new. The photo at the top of this page was the mural while Tower Records was in the building. The fire escape was taken down and a window was cut into the south corner of the building. There are 4 detail photos at my link.
Great! Good news for the community.
To sepiatone, if you get to Austin this summer before Aug.17, the Austin History Center has an excellent display set up with photos and artifacts from the earliest Austin movie theaters through the 1970’s
Here’s a photo I took of the Wayne when I was stationed at SJAFB 69-70.
I was stationed at SJAFB 69-70. Was able to work a few shifts at this theater when it was a single screen. It was a nice theater with mag/stereo at the time. They showed WOODSTOCK here and my room mate and I stayed here all day to watch it. I had to leave early evening to pull a booth shift on base at the base theater then came back later to pick up my room mate.
Also, a notice in the Victoria Advocate:
The Ganado now has digital projection as of this weekend. Here is a current photo. Be sure to eat at the Ganado Cafe next door. You won’t be disappointed.
Here’s a newspaper article about the Three Rivers Rialto.
New LED floods on the front of the building can be programed for any color combination. This taken Dec.16,2010 for local premier of the new TRUE GRIT.
Wow, ran it in 70mm around 2000 or 2001 at the Paramount here in Austin, Tx. Always wondered why 24fps 70mm reels never came close to filling the reels. At 30fps, they were very full…and heavy. The Century JJ’s were especially noisy at 30fps too. But, it was like looking through a clear window. The image was so smooth and clear. Very impressive.
From what I’ve seen of it, it had to be a very special, modern theater in it’s day. I wish them all the luck in the world.
I might be wrong but I’m thinking the Freis is a owners name maybe. Here is a photo of the Nixon. Have no idea where I came across this theater photo but it matches the later pictures attached above by LOST MEMORY.
Seems to be a girl in the box office on the right and it almost looks like maybe a popcorn machine on the sidewalk next to the man. Maybe? I’ve been to this place. The building is gone but you can see the tile floor of the entrance and where the restrooms were.
Was this the old Queen theater by chance??? (sorry, don’t know how to show neater links here).
I’m sad to say it might not be in operation any more. This Easter weekend I passed through Gonzales and the TOOTH FAIRY is still in the poster boxes. Last time their web site was updated was Feb. 12, 2010 with THE TOOTH FAIRY listed for that date. Damn it, I hope they can get it going again.
Here is a series of photos from the mid 60’s plus one from 1936.
An image of Saint Cecilia painted on the ceiling.
I agree. All it would take is lots of $$$$$$.
No, it is not an atmospheric. More classical in nature. Yeah, we’d love to have the vertical PARAMOUNT sign back. The theater will be 100 in 2015 and another face lift is hopefully in the works.