112 E. Houston Street,
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Previously operated by: United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Architects: W. Scott Dunne
Built in 1931 by the Robb and Rowley theater chain, the Texas Theater was the number one theater in North Texas (north of Dallas) until it was finally closed in 1973. The original theater featured a ceiling that gave the effect of one being outdoors, with stars shining. That auditorium was destroyed by fire in 1939, but the theater was rebuilt and reopened the same year and remained a top-notch theater until the multi-plexes took over in the 1970’s.
Located in downtown Sherman, it was part of the chain that later became Rowley United and eventually was bought out by United Artists. After the theater was closed, it remained a fixture in downtown Sherman into the 1990s, but it was eventually purchased by a local lawyer who tried to find a buyer without success. He had the theater demolished and put in a parking lot. However, the giant “Texas” sign in front of the theater was saved, and the attorney donated it to the Bob Bullock Texas State Museum in Austin, and the sign is now a permanent part of the exhibit at the museum in downtown Austin.
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