Yale Theater

3811 Washington Avenue,
Houston, TX 77007

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Yale Theater

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The Yale Theater opened in 1938. It was built by the Interstate Theater chain of Dallas. At the time it opened, admissions were 5 cents, 10 cents and 25 cents.

On Saturday mornings there would be three hours of cartoons, serials, a feature film and frequently a stage show. The Yale Theater was demolished in the mid-Sixties and replaced by a bank.

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rogerscorpion on August 1, 2006 at 7:48 pm

I just found out that the church group which owns the Garden Oaks is restoring it, to use as a performing arts & community guidance center.

EnnisCAdkins on August 2, 2006 at 2:28 am

That’s great news. I’ll have to visit it when it’s completed.

bobbie61 on July 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Thank you for posting the site for photos of the Yale Theater in Houston. It brought back fond memories!

Pjuvenal on October 27, 2008 at 6:36 am

Here’s my comment to Swampsterman. I worked at the Yale Theater from 1959 to 1961 behind the candy counter. The man who ran the theater was Alvin Guggenheim. My father rented some property from him and was good friends with him and he was my boss. He was a really great man and he loved the teenagers. Saturdays were great at Yale Theater. I loved living there and I am a native Houstonian and a Native Texas. I went to George Washington Jr. High and then I went to Reagan and San Jacinto High Schools. I love remembering the old and the good times.

sepiatone on September 23, 2009 at 1:54 pm

The Yale Theater’s grand opening was at 7:30 p.m. on May 20, 1938. The Yale was originally managed by John Arnold. The premier feature was “Navy Blue and Gold” with Robert Young and James Stewart. The Yale’s sound system was Western Electric wide range sound.

Shirelybob on August 7, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Does anyone have photos of the Yale Theater?

bigscale on October 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm

comment swampsterman and patti westberg, patii is right about gugenheimers name , iwent to elemntary school with his son bobby.he got the class free tickets sometimes. and yes swamp saturdays were the bomb at the yale in the sixties. live bands, stage dancing, the works. my sisters used to get up there and twist away. saw bonnie and clyde there and gone with the wind. and all the elvis, beach party, christopher lee vampire, frankenstein, movies you could ever wont to see. do you remember the old steam hamburger warming machine,a couple of noisy pumps and your burger was ready in a few seconds, man those were the days. one dollar and you were set for all the movies,cartoons, entertainment, candy, soda, burgers, you could hold, and that was just the mid sixties, now its 20 bucks for a ticket and a coke.

bigscale on October 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm

sorry for the double post, didnt know the first went through.

Tinseltoes on July 15, 2012 at 5:38 am

Three 1957 photos in this full-page “showmanship” article: boxoffice

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Interstate’s Yale Theatre opened on May 30, 1938. A drawing of it appeared at lower right on this page of the June 25 issue of Boxoffice. The Yale was designed by Raymond F. Smith of the Dallas firm Houston & Smith.

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