Brunson Theater

311 W. Texas Avenue,
Baytown, TX 77520

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Brunson Theater, Baytown  Tx  19971

The Brunson Theater, which opened on August 23, 1949, is now a mere shell of a theater. The Art-Deco style designs remain on the exterior, but the interior has been completely gutted (roof, too!).

The city of Baytown purchased the theater in 1997 (foreclosure), and as almost a decade has passed, there is now talk (and potential funding) to adaptively reuse the structure as a performing arts venue.

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kencmcintyre on October 20, 2007 at 1:06 am

Here is a photo:

Locals reminisce about the theater:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 10, 2009 at 6:39 am

The Brunson Theatre was designed by architect Leon C. Kyburz. There’s a photo of it on this page at the web site of the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. They give the exact address of the Brunson as 315 W. Texas Avenue.

The same page has a photo of another Kyburz-designed theater in Baytown, called the Bay, built in 1942 at 3100 Market Street. It doesn’t have a Cinema Treasures listing yet.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 10, 2009 at 6:45 am

OK, this web site has more pictures of both the Brunson and the Bay, but gives the address of the Brunson as 8200 S. Main Street. Somebody will have to check Google Maps to see which is correct (I can’t do it right now because Google Maps keeps crashing my browsers for some reason.)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 10, 2009 at 11:58 am

Joe; Google Maps picture what looks like the rear of a theatre on W. Pearce Street when looking at the 315 W. Texas Avenue address. The 8200 S. Main Street is way off.

kencmcintyre on March 10, 2009 at 4:17 pm

If you put in 310 W. Texas and then rotate the photo you will see the Brunson.

rmshort on July 2, 2009 at 5:51 pm

The actual address of the Brunson Theater is 311 W. Texas Ave.

DavidZornig on December 23, 2019 at 10:00 pm

1965 night photo added courtesy Retro Houston Facebook page. Marquee all lit up.

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