Texan Theater

812 Capitol Street,
Houston, TX 77002

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The Texan Theater owned by Will Horwitz opened on April 4, 1925 with Marion Davies in “Janice Meredith”. In the early-1930’s, Horwitz was planning to air-condition his three vaudeville/movie theaters located in downtown Houston. The three theaters were the Iris, the Uptown and the Texan Theaters.

Realizing that his air-conditioning project would require excavating the basements under the three theaters, Horwitz decided to connect them with a tunnel. The tunnel became part of Horwitz’s “Uptown Center Project”, which included shops and restaurants upstairs and a penny arcade and a German wine tavern downstairs. Horwitz died in 1941.

The Texan Theater was demolished in 1953. By the late-1960’s the tunnels were also demolished.

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sepiatone
sepiatone on November 5, 2008 at 1:56 pm

The Texan Theater’s grand opening was at 2 p.m. on April 4, 1925. The first movie to play there was “Janice Meredith” by Cosmopolitan Pictures. According to that day’s Houston Post-Dispatch, the theater featured an orchestra pit, Texas history photos in the foyer, and a children’s nursery in the basement. Actor J. Warren Kerrigan was slated to be present at the opening.

sepiatone
sepiatone on November 6, 2008 at 1:32 pm

The architects for this theater were Henry F. Jonas and Tabor. The building contractor was J.B. Townsend.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 27, 2010 at 9:38 am

Open house on last day: article with photo of the Texan Theatre in Boxoffice magazine, September 19, 1953:
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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm

In Don Lewis'1937 photo of the box-office I believe the man on the right was singer/moviestar “TEX RITTER”.John Ritters father.The other two are still unknown characters to me anyway.Thanks for the boxfiice article Gerald.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 27, 2010 at 6:56 pm

By the way the other two look like they are theatre employees,maybe the manager and usherette?

DonLewis
DonLewis on June 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Good catch tisloews! That is indeed Tex Ritter in front of the Texan Theater in Houston.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Thanks Don love all your theatre photos.

sepiatone
sepiatone on April 29, 2011 at 8:34 am

According to an ad in the opening day’s Houston Post-Dispatch from the Baldwin Music Shop, the Texan was equipped with a Baldwin piano “which will be used exclusively in broadcasting.”

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on March 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Will Horwitz was an operating partner of Interstate Amusements a Paramount affiliate!

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