Josephine Theatre

339 W. Josephine Street,
San Antonio, TX 78212

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Josephine Theatre

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Opened in January 1947, an Art Moderne style theatre that was one of the many independents that flourished in San Antonio through the 1960’s. I believe it was converted to live theatre in the late-1970' or early-1980’s. Presently they produce mostly musical revues there.

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outafocus
outafocus on July 4, 2006 at 12:24 pm

The Josephine was one of many neighborhood theatres that sprang up after World War II. It held around 750 seats, and had a green curtain in front of it’s screen. There was no balcony. The auditorium had three back lit glass etchings of nursery rhyme characters on each side wall. The seats had padded armrests. There was a drinking fountain on the back wall of the auditorium. The Josephine went to running X rated movies in the 1970s, and the few times it tried to revert back to regular fare, it didn’t do well. It finally closed, and the theatre was refurbished into a legitimate playhouse. It is doing very well, and the shows put on there are VERY well done! Although the Josephine was probably the least elegant of all the neighborhood theatres of it’s time, it is still shining as an entertainment venue whhile the others are demolished, or being used as other businesses.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 4, 2006 at 8:10 pm

This is from the Wikipedia website:

“Another area popular with college students is the Saint Mary’s Strip. On this strip, several bars and restaurants can be found such as Paparay’s, Joey’s, The Mix, White Rabbit, La Bikina, Lime Light, Tycoon Flats (a local favorite) and The Candlelight Cafe. The area is also home to the Josephine Theater, which since 1995 has been home to a non-profit resident theater group, the Josephine Theatrical Company, Inc. The theater originally opened in 1947 as an art-deco style neighborhood movie house”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 11, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Josephine Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 24, 2008 at 7:07 pm

More photos can be seen here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 13, 2009 at 2:15 am

From Boxoffice Magazine, January 25, 1947: “Gene Mueller and Bob Dennis will open their new 850-seat Josephine Theatre here January 31. The owners are operating as Muel-Den Enterprises and have other businesses besides the theatre. They were projectionists for the Interstate circuit for many years and both are officers in the local projectionists union.”

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 23, 2009 at 3:18 am

This is another 1984 photo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 25, 2009 at 8:07 am

Photos of the Josephine Theatre appeared in the November 15, 1947, issue of Boxoffice. The architects were Noonan & Noonan (the only theater that firm ever designed, as far as I’ve been able to discover.) The style was a rather severe take on Art Moderne, not Art Deco.

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