Texas Theater

329 E. Kleberg Avenue,
Kingsville, TX 78363

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Texas TheaterĀ© Kingsville TX / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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The Texas Theater opened in 1950. Seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels. It was closed in the late-1970’s.

In the late-1980’s I found the Texas Theater to be closed. It was housed in a nice light brown brick corner building. It had a neat “Texas” size vertical sign. Inset into five individual red blocks, T-E-X-A-S was spelled out and trimmed in neon. It was surprising to find a theater like this closed and vacant in this time period.

In 2014, work began on renovating and restoring the Texas Theater, with plans to re-open as a movie and live theatre.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 27, 2006 at 7:37 pm

I saw a painted sign on the corner of this building that said Word Of Truth Church. Not sure if they are currently occupying the building. Did not go up close, but I did take a photo from across the street.

nancydeviney
nancydeviney on February 25, 2009 at 4:51 am

In the 1960s, Mr.LaNoue was the manager. I believe it was a Hall Industries Theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2009 at 12:28 am

An architect’s rendering of the proposed Texas Theatre in Kingsville was published in the July 2, 1949, issue of Boxoffice. The Texas Theatre was designed by Jack Corgan.

matt54
matt54 on April 18, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I was born in Kingsville, and was taken to this theater many times (spent many times in the cry room at the top of the balcony!) As I recall from my later visits in the 60’s, it was quite beautiful inside.
Does anyone have any info on Kingsville’s three drive-ins, all quite active up to at least the mid-60’s?
I believe they were all on old hwy 77 – south of town was the Brahma, and north of town were the King and the El Rancho (Spanish-language movies only).

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on August 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm

At old 77 and E. Ailsie looks like the remains of a drive-in outline. Barely, barely visible.

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1900 block of old Hwy 77 was another drive-in (verfied by Google Earth historical) Big empty lot now.

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Also, another drive-in located on E, Santa Gertrudis St, where there is a big empty field now. Also verified.

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DonLewis
DonLewis on February 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm

From the late 1980s a photo of the Texas Theater in Kingsville.

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