Esquire Theatre

1808 S. Washington Street,
Amarillo, TX 79102

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The Esquire Theatre was a Streamline Moderne movie house which opened in the late-1940’s. The Esquire Theatre was demolished in 1982. Any further information on this theater would be appreciated.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 14, 2005 at 4:35 am

The Film Daily Yearbook;1950 edition gives the Esquire Theatre a seating capacity of 901.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 16, 2006 at 8:08 pm

Here is a photo of Amarillo’s Esquire Theatre, from the Amarillo Public Library web site. There is information about the theatre on that page, too, but some of it it doesn’t match the information on this CT page. The address is given as 1808 South Washington, and the seating capacity is listed as 763. The date of the grand opening is given as October 24, 1947.

Wes Reeves
Wes Reeves on November 25, 2006 at 3:05 pm

The Equire was located at 19th and Washington, which is now the intersection of West Interstate 40 and Washington. It survived the construction of I-40 but was leveled to make way for an office building in the late 70s or early 80s. That building is now the Amarillo headquarters for HRH Insurance.

radiojan on March 21, 2007 at 5:06 pm

The only Esquire I knew in Amarillo was at 19th and Washington (by I-40). As a child in the 60s, my mother took me to see To Kill a Mockingbird and The Sound of Music there. In college in the 70s, it was the theater that had the Rocky Horror Picture Show every weekend so I continued to go there. Then in the 80s I lived close by and remember seeing that Ringo Starr caveman movie there, among others. The theater was just second run movies, but still a beauty with murals of cowboys herding cows in the Palo Duro Canyon on the walls. When it closed in the mid-80s, their last show was, once again, The Sound of Music and my mother and I went to see it to preserve those good memories of a beautiful theater. It is the only Amarillo theater that I remember before the multiplexes moved in.

Josephvaughan on March 27, 2008 at 1:56 pm

I worked at the Esquire in high school from 1968-1971 as an usher and Assistant Manager. We ran a lot of the major films during that time period. The Esquire, Paramount and State theatres were all part of the ABC Interstate Theatres chain. The manager at that time was James Arnold, and most of the employees attended Amarillo High or Tascosa. Joe V.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 15, 2009 at 8:49 pm

A movie ad from 1963 for the Esquire Theatre in Amarillo.

rivest266 on November 8, 2009 at 6:33 pm

This opened on October 28th, 1947 ad at View link

ronnwood on October 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

Like the Paramount not enough can ever be said about this wonderful theater. I saw my first movie there October 12, 1966, “KHARTOUM”, the last was “CAVEMAN” April 20, 1981. I only got to see 59 movies at the Esquire. Then it was torn down in ‘82. What’s wrong with you earth people? At least they didn’t make a flat, ugly parking lot out of it.

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