Garden Oaks Theater
3750 N. Shepherd Drive,
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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Inc. & Texas Consolidated Theaters Inc.
Architects: H. F. Pettigrew, John A. Worley
Firms: Pettigrew & Worley
Previous Names: Capri Theater
Like the Santa Rosa Theatre, the Garden Oaks Theater was built in the late-1940’s by Interstate Theatres Inc. and was a sub-run 28 day house off downtown Houston. The Garfen Theatre was opened on July 10, 1947. The theater was in an “L” shape design. A second screen was later added it was had been a retail space in the theater building. It operated at least through the mid-1990’s, last named Capri Theater and is a church today.
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Wow! That’s amazing!
I remember seeing many films here…one memorable night in particular seeing Burt Reynolds in ‘Hooper’ with my dad.
In the early 90’s when this theater was in limbo, i remember going in one afternoon and talking to the old hispanic man who owned it: Al Zarazama. He saw that I really had the passion for the old cinemas, which surprised him, as I was only in my early 20’s then. The big theaters were just killing him and he didn’t know what he wanted to do. He told me that day that I should try to get some investors…and if I did, hed sell the theater to me. I was 23 or 24…it was an impossible dream fro me to even ponder. But I think about that sometimes.
A look back at the Garden Oaks Theater in Houston from 1998.
The Garden Oaks was one of several post-war Houston theaters designed for the Interstate Circuit by H.F. Pettigrew and John A. Worley of the Dallas firm of Pettigrew & Worley.
The Garden Oaks opened on July 10, 1947. The premier feature was “The Sea of Grass” with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.
Nice nighttime shots,nice looking shopping center theatre.
I saw Saturday Night Fever here in early 1978. I was 8 yrs old. I remember while driving away from the theater late that night, on Shepherd going toward 610, seeing what looked like an old woman laying in the street at the curb. I don’t think anyone else in the car saw this but me.. I never forgot it.
I have some nice photos of the Garden Oaks theater but I don’t know how to post them here. I got them off an old website twenty years ago. I have no idea who owns them but they are really nice including some interiors. Ray Frazier
Can you rent this theater…..
Opened on July 10th, 1947. Grand opening ad posted. Closed 1994 as Capri