Almeda Theatre

5614 Almeda Boulevard,
Houston, TX 77004

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Almeda Theatre

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EnnisCAdkins
EnnisCAdkins on October 20, 2008 at 4:57 pm

This theatre has long been gone. It became a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in the middle 1950’s. But I remember it as a theatre when I was a young boy in the 1940’s. I think the first film I remember was MY PAL TRIGGER in 46'. I was 6 years old. My mother & father loved to go to the movies in those days before television and many times would take my brother & I along. We all liked westerns and comedies. And the place was always busy. We loved THE PALEFACE in 48'. The theatre was part of the Interstate Circuit Inc out of Dallas. Every Saturday morning, my brother & I would go to the kids show and it was always full of kids. Great times.

sepiatone
sepiatone on November 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm

The Almeda opened on August 9, 1940. The premier feature was “Road to Singapore” with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour. The Cliff Drescher Cowboy Band was slated to play in front of the theater. The Almeda’s first manager was Tom A. Howell.

sepiatone
sepiatone on November 24, 2009 at 5:13 pm

The Almeda should be updated to “demolished”. A dialysis center, a check cashing service, a thrift shop, and an abandoned service station occupy the 5600 block of Almeda Road. The architectural firm for the Almeda was the Houston firm of MacKie and Kamrath.

EnnisCAdkins
EnnisCAdkins on October 19, 2010 at 10:32 am

The first 10 years of my life, 1939 to 49', I lived in the Almeda area of Houston, TX. and went to the above mentioned theater many times. Once and a while we would also frequent the Delman on Main Street. But there was a third theater in that same area that my brother & I would ride our bikes to. We liked going there because it specialized in films geared to kids. You know, the B westerns, Kids dog pictures, Tarzan and Bomba etc. It always played double features so we could spend the entire afternoon there. I remember it changed programs 3 or 4 times a week. I think it closed in the early 1950’s. It wasn’t the Holman. Can anyone remember?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 14, 2012 at 7:44 am

Here’s a 1957 trade ad for the conversion into a Fred Astaire Dance Studio. I wonder how many other theatres decided to convert? boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 5, 2012 at 9:13 am

Described in this 1940 trade article: Boxoffice

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 23, 2012 at 8:09 am

The entry for architect Raymond F. Smith in the 1970 edition of the AIA’s American Architects Directory lists the Almeda Theatre in Houston as one of his works, dated 1939.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2013 at 2:55 pm

David Welling’s Cinema Houston attributes the design of the Almeda Theatre to the firm of MacKie & Kamrath. The Karl Kamrath Collection at the University of Texas, Austin, has one drawing of the Almeda Theatre, but the Interstate Theatre Collection at the Dallas Public Library has 13 sheets of plans for the Almeda, attributed to architects Raymond F. Smith of Dallas J. W. Denhart of Houston.

It’s possible that both firms worked on this house. I can’t find anything else about J. W. Denhart. Perhaps he worked in MacKie & Kamrath’s office? Maybe somebody in Texas can check the collections, especially the Interstate Collection, and see if they give any clues.

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