Showboat Theatre

412 6th Street N.,
Texas City, TX 77590

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The Showboat Theatre was opened April 26, 1949.

Contributed by Barbara Mills

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npevo on January 10, 2008 at 6:59 pm

The original Showboat was torn down in the 1990’s by the city because it was considered dangerous and too costly to renovate. A new pavilion/banquet hall was built on the site and hosts parties and civic gatherings. When a new multiscreen cinema was opened in another part of Texas City in the 1970’s, interestingly near the site of what once was the Tradewinds Drive In Theater, the Showboat closed for good. I remember seeing my first movie, “Pinocchio” at the Showboat as a small child in the early 70’s. Don’t remember much about the movie, just the huge, at least through a child’s eyes, Showboat designed into the terrazzo floor in the lobby of the theater.

npevo on January 10, 2008 at 7:00 pm

BTW, I forgot to mention that the new pavilion, as you see in the photo posted earlier, is a smaller replica of the original theater.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 2, 2008 at 11:14 am

A 2003 photo of the “new” Showboat and a photo of original Showboat in Texas City. The original has been demolished.

kencmcintyre on April 21, 2009 at 7:17 pm

The theater was in need of rehab in 1990:

tomjensenmorgan on August 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I saw the first Batman movie (1966 with Adam West) at the Texas City Showboat for my 8 year old birthday party with some other Texas City boys. It is one of my fondest childhood memories. – tom morgan

jolley on March 19, 2012 at 2:47 am

My father, George Jolley, managed the theatre in the 60’s. I grew up there. Saw many great films. Johnny Long of LCL theatres owned it. Great theatre. Seated 1700 ppl. Lots of memories of the showboat.

jolley on March 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I might have the seating capacity wrong but I know it had a large lower level of four sections. Two large sections in the middle seperated by a center isle and an two outside rows. It also had a very large balcony. Or at least it seemed large to me at the time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm

The original Showboat Theatre was designed in 1941 by architect Ernest L. Shult, but might have opened in 1942. The house was on a list of theaters designed by Shult that was published in the 1950 Theatre Catalog.

CoastGuardDaughter on December 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

my sister and I went without permission to watch “Grizzly” at the Showboat while my mom was at work and my father was deployed. I was 8 and she was 10. We had to walk back home in the dark afterwards. We lived behind the Lucky 7 convenience store. We were scared sh**less!

DavidZornig on August 5, 2017 at 6:14 pm

The Showboat Theatre opened April 26th, 1949, not 1941. Grand opening photos in the below link.

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