Texan Theater

812 Capitol Street,
Houston, TX 77002

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 18, 2017 at 1:41 pm

Linkrot repair: The September 19, 1953, Boxoffice article about Will Horwitz and the Texan Theatre, to which Gerald A. DeLuca linked on June 27, 2010, can now be found at this link. It notes that the last movies at the Texan had been shown on September 8. The theater was still successful, but had lost its lease. It was demolished to make way for the new home of the Houston Club.

DavidDymond on March 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

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

sepiatone on April 29, 2011 at 5:34 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.”

TLSLOEWS on June 28, 2010 at 9:54 am

Thanks Don love all your theatre photos.

TLSLOEWS on June 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on June 27, 2010 at 3:54 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.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 27, 2010 at 6:38 am

Open house on last day: article with photo of the Texan Theatre in Boxoffice magazine, September 19, 1953:
View link

sepiatone on November 6, 2008 at 10:32 am

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

sepiatone on November 5, 2008 at 10:56 am

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.

kencmcintyre on December 6, 2007 at 6:13 pm

There are some interior and exterior photos of the Texan on this page:

rogerscorpion on August 2, 2006 at 12:20 am

Read about The Ritz, also in Houston. That was apparently a 4th theatre connected by Horowitz' tunnels. It still operates as The Majestic, albeit as a banquet hall.