Gaylynn Theater

7500 Bellaire Boulevard,
Houston, TX 77036

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dale_bushee
dale_bushee on July 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

It is not true that the Gaylynn Theater has been torn down. It still stands at the corner of US59 and Clarewood, and one can still clearly see that it’s a former theater. After being closed as a movie theater, it was used as an indoor amusement park for a while. More recently it housed a charter school. Although located on the same block, it never adjoined the mall. The Sharpstown Center Cinemas do adjoin the mall on the Bellaire side. A former department store was torn down to make way for them.

RSM3853
RSM3853 on December 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

Movies which played at the Gaylynn Terrace from 12/18/68 to 12/31/75. 12/18/68 The Lion in Winter 07/02/69 Funny Girl 10/29/69 True Grit 11/05/69 The Graduate 11/12/69 The Royal Hunt of the Sun 12/24/69 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 06/24/70 Darling Lili 08/12/70 The People Next Door 09/16/70 2001: A Space Odyssey 10/21/70 Sunflower 11/11/70 Dorian Gray 12/09/70 Doctor Zhivago 12/16/70 Z 12/23/70 There’s a Girl in My Soup 02/17/71 Ryan’s Daughter 06/23/71 Plaza Suite 09/08/71 The Lion in Winter 09/15/71 The Reincarnate 09/29/71 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 10/27/71 The African Elephant 11/03/71 Bless the Beasts and Children 11/10/71 The Anonymous Venetian 12/01/71 David Copperfield 12/08/71 Show Boat 12/22/71 Straw Dogs 03/22/71 Mary, Queen of Scots 06/28/72 Frenzy 08/16/72 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex 11/01/72 Savage Messiah 11/08/72 How the West Was Won 11/15/72 Play It As It Lays 12/20/72 Travels With My Aunt 01/31/73 Sounder 05/16/73 The Man from Deep River 05/23/73 Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing 06/06/73 Manson 06/20/73 Kung Fu—The Invisible Fist 08/29/73 Harry in Your Pocket 09/26/73 Jeremy 10/17/73 In the Devil’s Garden 11/14/73 The Gospel Road 11/21/73 Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams 12/19/73 Ash Wednesday 01/30/74 The Pyx 02/13/74 Crazy Joe 02/20/74 Fantastic Planet 02/27/74 Cries and Whispers 03/20/74 A Touch of Class 03/27/74 Mean Streets 04/10/74 The Conversation 05/15/74 The Triple Echo 05/22/74 Paul and Michelle 06/26/74 SPY*S 07/24/74 Uptown Saturday Night 09/04/74 Doctor Zhivago 09/25/74 Juggernaut 10/16/74 Gone With the Wind 11/13/74 Mixed Company 11/20/74 The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 12/18/74 Journey Back to Oz 12/25/74 Freebie and the Bean 03/26/75 Brannigan 04/16/75 Uptown Saturday Night 04/30/75 Rosebud 05/07/75 Aloha, Bobby and Rose 05/14/75 Dirty Harry/Magnum Force 05/21/75 Rancho Deluxe 05/28/75 Stavisky 06/04/75 A Boy and His Dog 06/11/75 Bug 06/25/75 The Wind and the Lion (no notes for films until 12/17/75 – I may have inadvertantly forgot to write “T” for Terrace in some of the Gaylynn I or II listings – it’s confusing reading my old library notes taken years ago, especially when the film opened in multiple situations) 12/17/75 One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

RSM3853
RSM3853 on December 29, 2012 at 8:05 am

Movies that played at the Sharpstown/Gaylynn from 05/27/65 to 12/31/75. Research is from microfilms of The Houston Post and The Houston Chronicle. Dates given are the Wednesday of the opening week. 05/26/65 Mirage 06/09/65 The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (renamed Gaylynn week of 6/16/65) 06/23/65 Cinderella 06/30/65 Harlow 08/04/65 In Harm’s Way 08/18/65 The Greatest Story Ever Told 09/29/65 Cat Ballou 11/10/65 What’s New, Pussycat? 11/17/65 Von Ryan’s Express 11/24/65 Old Yeller 12/08/65 Lord Jim 12/22/65 My Fair Lady (pop prices) 02/02/66 Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (pop prices) 03/30/66 Othello 04/06/66 Viva, Maria! 05/04/66 The King and I 05/25/66 The Ten Commandments 06/29/66 Khartoum 08/24/66 The Blue Max 11/16/66 Is Paris Burning? 01/25/67 The Sand Pebbles 07/12/67 El Dorado 08/23/67 Barefoot in the Park 10/11/67 The Happiest Millionaire 01/24/68 Custer of the West 02/28/68 Smashing Time 03/13/68 Half a Sixpence 04/10/68 The Scalphunters 05/29/68 The Graduate 07/17/68 Around the World in 80 Days 08/28/68 The Producers 09/25/68 Bandolero 10/02/68 Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 10/09/68 Doctor Faustus 10/16/68 The Fox 10/23/68 Funny Girl

(Second theater added – named Gaylynn Terrace – see following comment)

07/02/69 Krakatoa, East of Java 08/13/69 The Sound of Music 09/17/69 Cleopatra 10/01/69 Gone With the Wind 10/08/69 Camelot 10/22/69 Doctor Zhivago 10/29/69 Paint Your Wagon 03/11/70 Patton 10/14/70 Tora! Tora! Tora! 02/24/71 Wuthering Heights 04/07/71 Valdez is Coming 04/28/71 The Mephisto Waltz 05/26/71 When Eight Bells Toll 06/09/71 A Gunfight 06/25/71 Big Jake 08/04/71 Shootout 08/11/71 Fortune and Men’s Eyes 08/25/71 Walkabout 09/15/71 Death in Venice 10/06/71 The Touch 10/27/71 The Organization 11/10/71 The Greatest Story Ever Told 11/17/71 Joe Hill 12/08/71 San Francisco 12/15/71 Tora! Tora! Tora! 12/22/71 The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight 01/19/72 Cactus in the Snow 02/09/72 J. W. Coop 02/23/72 Sunday, Bloody Sunday 03/08/72 Nicholas and Alexandra 06/28/72 The Last of the Red Hot Lovers 08/02/72 Slaughterhouse-Five 11/01/72 Skyjacked/Kansas City Bomber 11/08/72 Thoroughly Modern Millie 11/29/72 Song of Norway 12/20/72 Brother of the Wind 01/17/73 Gone With the Wind 01/24/73 The Mechanic 02/07/73 Across 110th Street 02/21/73 Avanti 03/07/73 Brian’s Song 03/14/73 Lolly Madonna XXX 03/21/73 The Long Goodbye 04/04/73 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 04/18/73 Brother Sun, Sister Moon 06/13/73 Trader Horn 06/20/73 Scarecrow 06/27/73 Live and Let Die 08/01/73 Santee 08/15/73 State of Siege 09/12/73 So Sad About Gloria 09/19/73 Heavy Traffic 10/17/73 Nicholas and Alexandra 10/31/73 Electric Glide in Blue 11/14/73 Cops and Robbers 11/21/73 Tales That Witness Madness 11/28/73 Pulp 12/19/73 Sleeper 01/30/74 The Serpent (Night Flight to Moscow) 02/13/74 Under Milkwood 02/20/74 Quadroon 03/06/74 Fiddler on the Roof 03/13/74 Lovin' Molly 04/10/74 The Spikes Gang 05/08/74 Billy Two Hats 05/15/74 Sleeper/Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex 05/22/74 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 07/17/74 Mr. Majestyk 08/14/74 Bank Shot 08/21/74 2001: A Space Odyssey 10/16/74 Harry and Tonto

(Theater twinned or second theater added – now named Gaylynn I and Gaylynn II – not sure which auditorium from here as films would switch around)

12/18/74 The Man With the Golden Gun 01/01/75 The Night Porter 02/12/75 Lenny 02/19/75 The Strongest Man in the World 03/19/75 The Prisoner of Second Avenue 05/21/75 Shark’s Treasure 06/04/75 The Land That Time Forgot 06/11/75 The Return of the Pink Panther 06/18/75 Race With the Devil 07/02/75 The Wilby Conspiracy 07/09/75 Framed 07/16/75 White Line Fever 07/23/75 Tidal Wave 07/30/75 Take a Hard Ride 08/06/75 The Devil’s Rain 08/13/75 The Towering Inferno 09/03/75 Smile 09/10/75 Funny Girl 09/24/75 Undercovers Hero 10/08/75 Hard Times 10/15/75 Let’s Do it Again 11/05/75 Blue Water, White Death 11/12/75 The Ultimate Warrior 11/19/75 The Night Caller 11/19/75 Seven Alone 12/03/75 Welcome to My Nightmare 12/10/75 Double Agent ‘73 12/17/75 Superbug 12/17/75 Hard Heads 12/24/75 Mysteries from Beyond Earth 12/24/75 Dog Day Afternoon

JMoreland
JMoreland on July 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

Seeing a movie here was an event. Really missed.

NICK_FANNY_ARNSTEIN
NICK_FANNY_ARNSTEIN on May 9, 2012 at 4:10 am

WOW….just going down memory lane here today 5/9/12 came across this site!! THE YEAR WAS 1969 & I SAW FUNNY GIRL THERE..I WAS YOUNG {20} THOUGHT I WAS IN LOVE!! Stayed in Huston for a week with the family that managed the Gaylynn!! The Myrick family were the nicest folks I had ever met, showed me true Southern Hospitality!! I still keep very found memorie of the Myrick family & watching Funny Girl & Paint Your Wagon in the fall of 1969!!!

DjRage
DjRage on March 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm

This building has not been demolished. I have suspected this for sometime and was able to confirm by comparing a picture of building in the Sharpstown Center with the old picture of the Gaylynn on Cinerama.topcities.com. The former Gaylynn theater is now home to the Alfonzo Crutch Life Support Center Charter School.

sepiatone
sepiatone on January 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm

According to opening day ads, Sharpstown Theatre was the original name. Mr. Foy Myrick was the first manager. The premier feature was “Mirage” with Gregory Peck and Diane Baker.

rogerscorpion
rogerscorpion on August 1, 2006 at 8:36 pm

I casually looked for it, the other day—when driving by. I think it’s demolished.
I saw ‘The Lion in Winter’ there, with my high school English Class.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on August 26, 2005 at 4:08 pm

The theatre was still standing when I last visited the Sharpstown area about 10 years ago. It was being used as some sort of indoor sports complex with a jungle theme.

handcrew
handcrew on July 4, 2005 at 12:24 pm

i believe when the theatre was “twinned” in the 1970s it was actually an add on of 3 screens – whether or not they split up the original auditorium i am not sure – but it was definitely distiguished as the “Gaylynn Terrace” which was the flagship auditorium for “event” releases, then adjacent to the Terrace was the Gaylynn 1, 2, 3 cinemas. if i remember correctly they all shared the same box office.

Feetup
Feetup on April 23, 2005 at 4:25 pm

My dad took me to the Gaylynn in 1969 to see “2001: A Space Odyssey” Being 13 at the time, the place (and the movie) impressed me greatly. Having “2001” at the Gaylynn in full double throw-down Cinerama as my first real movie experience has made every subsequent theater presentation pale in comparison.