De Luxe Theater

3303 Lyons Avenue,
Houston, TX 77020

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The De Luxe Theater opened in April of 1941. It is listed as an African-American movie theater. The De Luxe Theater closed as a movie theater in 1969. It was used as an art gallery in the 1970’s.

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JackCoursey
JackCoursey on August 20, 2005 at 3:09 pm

There were at one time about four other theatres in this area, the Lyons, Roxy, Globe and Venus. It has been a couple of years since I was last in Houston, but I recall seeing two building on Lyons Blvd, which resembled theatres. One was an ornate vacant building that might have been the Roxy based on its proximity to the Eastex Expressway. Further east of the Eastex was a church that I believe was the former Lyons Theatre. These are the only two theaters like structures that I can remember from this area.

brucesw
brucesw on August 29, 2005 at 4:13 am

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, did a show at the Deluxe in 1971 called “The Deluxe Show.” It was an exhibit of works by Black Houston artists. The catalog of the show is still around and probably has pictures of the theatre. I have the poster, but it’s a bit large for the scanner. The theatre exterior was pretty run down at that time. The theatre name was spelled De LUXE.

The De Luxe was at 3303 Lyons, the Roxy at 2737 – both very close to and on either side US 59/Eastex Fwy. The Venus was at 6515 Lyons – I have not been able to find an address for the Globe.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 29, 2005 at 9:10 am

brucesw;The address of the Globe Theatre is given as 6901 Lyons Street (650 seats)

mcherbert
mcherbert on June 2, 2008 at 10:14 am

The De Luxe Theater is designed in the Streamline Moderne style, a popular American architectural style from 1920-1949. Characteristics of the style include its concrete surface, rounded corners, semicircular byas, metal windows and other details suggesting motion. These two American architecutral styles broke from teh revival styles popular around teh trun of the century and captured the spirit of the modern age and the future.

The DeLuxe Theater is now a 15,000sqft. shell representing a historical landmark and an arts cornerstone in the historic 5th Ward community of Houston.

Plans are underway to restore and transform the DeLuxe Theater into a center for culture and the arts to serve the 5th Ward community. The 5th Ward, as well as surrounding neighborhoods can re-connect with the community’s proud history and culture through a wide range of arts, civic and private events and celebrations at the Center.

Developing the historic DeLuxe Theater into a center for culture and the arts could allow for use by professional artists and arts organizations, as well as neighborhood-based groups. Although the center would have a performing arts focus, the Center could also feature a high profile gallery space for the exhibition of the works of professional artists with an emphasis on artists who live in the Fifth Ward. As well as serving as a fully functional branch of the Houston Public Library.

The building has been purchased by the City of Houston and restoration is being planned in a collaborative effort between The City of Houston, The Houston Public Library, The University of Houston, and the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Center. Plans to begin construction are slated for Fall 2008, with a hopeful opening sometime in 2009.

More information to come as I have it.

mcherbert
mcherbert on November 23, 2008 at 11:19 am

For more up-to-date information, visit the DeLuxe Theater’s Myspace page: www.myspace.com/deluxetheater

Exquisitely Bored in Nacogdoches
Exquisitely Bored in Nacogdoches on December 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Here is a picture of it I took in December 2008:

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kgtband
kgtband on May 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm

It looks like there is some movement to save the facade of the theater, although this was a year ago, and nothing seems to have been done yet. http://swamplot.com/the-deluxe-theaters-next-act-fifth-ward-zydeco-library/2010-04-29/

Shaw
Shaw on October 4, 2013 at 8:42 am

Uploaded a recent interior picture

train2cri
train2cri on March 18, 2014 at 1:58 am

The De Luxe was built by my father and my uncle just before WW 2 began. Robert and Mitchell Lewis. It opened in 1941. Soon after opening my dad was drafted. My Uncle Mitchell managed the theater and my mom, Anne (Schultz) Lewis , ran the concession stand till the war was over. The 5th ward had a varied community of peoples. My mom lived on Schwartz and later on Gentry streets… later moving to Riverside ( 3rd ward). The Lewis', too, moved to Riverside. The Lewis family ran and owned The Park, The Jensen, The De Luxe and Pastime Theater (& one other theater that I cant recall)

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