Texan Theater

812 Capitol Street,
Houston, TX 77002

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DavidDymond
DavidDymond on March 30, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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

sepiatone
sepiatone on April 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

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
TLSLOEWS on June 28, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Thanks Don love all your theatre photos.

DonLewis
DonLewis on June 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 27, 2010 at 11:56 pm

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 27, 2010 at 11:54 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 2:38 pm

Open house on last day: article with photo of the Texan Theatre in Boxoffice magazine, September 19, 1953:
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sepiatone
sepiatone on November 6, 2008 at 6:32 pm

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

sepiatone
sepiatone on November 5, 2008 at 6:56 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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 7, 2007 at 2:13 am

There are some interior and exterior photos of the Texan on this page:
http://tinyurl.com/2tadbk

rogerscorpion
rogerscorpion on August 2, 2006 at 8:20 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.