Santa Rosa Theatre

5607 Telephone Road,
Houston, TX 77087

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Santa Rosa, Houston  TX  1997

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My mother took me to the Santa Rosa Theatre when I was four years old (in 1962) to see “The Music Man”. I have many fond memories of the Santa Rosa Theatre.

Contributed by Chet Cuccia

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kathy2trips on May 15, 2007 at 10:40 am

Dang! Another one bites the dust! Let us know what goes up in its place. Probably a generic something….McDonalds or Walgreens.

Bet you can count the number of vintage theaters left in Houston on one hand, now.

This city sucks when it comes to historical preservation. It’s been proven that preservation is income-generating, particularly in a town like this, where old, quality structures are rare. This mentality is totally frustrating.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 15, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Before the Santa Rosa was demolished, it looked like this.

accentoneclectic on April 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Google Maps is interesting on the Santa Rosa. The aerial view shows the spot vacant, with only the old sidewalk markings remaining at the old entrance, but the street view still shows the elevation of the front of the theater.

Next time I’m in the area I need to take a photo of the sidewalk there. This was another building that I told myself for years that I needed to photograph, but never got around to it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 27, 2009 at 10:47 pm

The Santa Rosa 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 12, 2009 at 10:03 am

Was the Santa Rosa an adult theater in the 1980s known as the Stars Theater? Here is a 1984 photo of the Stars Theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 12, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I’m sure that’s the same building in the 1983 photo ken mc linked to above. It looks like they painted everything but that strip of pink around the base of the box office. It also looks like they used letters from the name Santa Rosa to make the name Stars on the vertical sign.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 12, 2009 at 4:21 pm

The photo of the Stars Theater is the Santa Rosa Theater. I found a few sites that mention this theater operating as an adult theater/video store after it stopped showing Spanish language films. This website has a 1946 photo of the Santa Rosa before it opened.

sepiatone on November 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm

The Santa Rosa opened on December 20, 1946. The premier feature was “Canyon Passage” with Dana Andrews and Brian Donlevy.

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