Broadway Theater

1325 Broadway Street,
Houston, TX 77012

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Michael4906 on February 17, 2018 at 2:50 am

I was a usher at the Broadway theater in the 70’s til just before it closed. Behind the screen there were dressing rooms, which were no longer in use.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2018 at 2:21 am

I had first thought that the Broadway Theatre had been designed by Pettigrew & Worley, but the house was featured in an add for the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company in the March 5, 1949, issue of Boxoffice, and the text attributed the Broadway to Pettigrew, Cook & Associates.

Digging a bit more I found that John Worley had gone into the army in 1941. After the war he returned to the partnership, which had originally been formed in 1937. It appears that while Worley was away, Pettigrew had teamed up with an architect named Walter W. Cook. So far this house is the only one I’ve found that Pettigrew and Cook designed. I’ve been unable to find anything else about Walter W. Cook, though there was an architect of that name who had been active in the 1920s, but not in Texas. Perhaps he came out of retirement for the duration of the war.

DJRage70 on October 3, 2015 at 7:19 pm

@Michael4906. I do remember it sitting vacant for a while. Closed to make way for the Harrisburg freeway that never came to be. It was to connect the east loop to downtown Houston.

Michael4906 on September 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I worked there for several years just before it closed as an usher. It was my first job and paid $1.00 an hour. Behind the screen there were dressing rooms. I believe it closed in the early 70s to make room for a freeway.

Dr_Hackenbush on August 30, 2013 at 10:16 am

I had great memories of this theater where I’d spend Saturday afternoons watching movies. One of the times I was there watching a movie, I’d long forgot about, but I do remember the large poster of a movie of “BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S" was about to be released. The last time I was in this theater was 1969 and how much smaller the lobby was than I remembered. Thanks to the person who posted the photo of the Broadway. I ennjoyed viewing it.

cuervooro on July 22, 2013 at 4:19 am

I spent a lot of time in and around this theatre. I attended JR Harris Elementary, around 4 blocks from there, Deady Jr. High, around 8 blocks from there and Milby High, around 2 blocks from there. I don’t remember what year it was demolished but I do remember one of the last shows I watched there was Patton. Wow, wish I had pictures. I was in ROTC at Milby and we practiced precision drill in the parking lot behind the theatre. I remember way back watching Roy Rodgers on Saturday morning mattinees, Elvis movies, Dracula even the movie where Doris Day sang “Que Sera, Sera”. Nothing there now but an end of a freeway that got caught up in politics and was never finished. Hope someone can come up with more pictures.

jefferyintexas on February 19, 2012 at 4:57 am

No problem, I totally understand. As I have started to get the hang of this site, I realize I can just bookmark and suscribe to the site and I will be able to correspond with interested folks. Thanks for your help and info. Jeff

CSWalczak on February 19, 2012 at 1:31 am

JeffinTX; I live in Saint Louis, MO. As far as I know, none of the folks you cite live in the Houston area but I could be wrong. I was only in Houston once, in 2005.

I am reluctant to post my email here as I had a real problem with spam some years ago, but I have a public profile on LinkedIn (I am the Christopher Walczak in Saint Louis) and if you set up a LinkedIn profile, you can ask to be connected to me.

jefferyintexas on February 18, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Thank you, CSWalczak! I wonder if any of you folks who post here regularly[Lostmemory, sepitone, chuck1231, TL SLOWES] are from the Greater Houston, Tx area?

Thanks to you folks, I have also just discoverd Flicker and all the possibilities provided there for taking me back down memory lane!

I realize that one might be reluctant to post an email address here, but if would, I would love to contact you regarding the old theaters, school buildings and other Houston area pictures.

Jeff in Texas

CSWalczak on February 17, 2012 at 6:55 am

JeffinTexas: The information comes from a variety of sources, but all of it comes from CT members. Some of us worked in these theaters or have friends and family who did. Others share their memories, personal records, and photos. Others research various online sources, newspaper archives, and the holdings of historical societies and government bureaus. We have some folks who have access to various film industry and exhibitor publications. As you read the theaters' headnotes and comments, it will become clear just how diverse the sources are, how resourceful CT members are, and how much we appreciate this site and the work of its creators and moderators.

I am sure all of us would love to have you post your photos; many CT readers and contributors look especially for photos, old advertisements and other graphical material. Just follow the site guidelines (see photos, above), being sure that you do not post copyrighted material. Photos should not be posted on a theater’s Comments page but only on its photos page, although you can post a comment that you have uploaded a picture or pictures to the photos page.

jefferyintexas on February 17, 2012 at 4:01 am

What a wonderful site!!!! I just joined and have so many questions. Does anyone have pictures of the Port theater in Jacinto City, tx other than the one shown?

Where do you folks get your information concerning the old theaters histories, etc? Thanks, Jeff in Houston, Tx. PS I have many old theater photos from around the state and will be happy to share. Is it ok to do that on this site??

TLSLOEWS on February 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm

ice pitcures on the June 29,2008 post.

TLSLOEWS on February 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm

ice pitcures on the June 29,2008 post.

DjRage on February 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Anyone know about when this theater was demolished?

sepiatone on November 3, 2009 at 12:45 am

The Broadway opened on May 23, 1947. The premier feature was Walt Disney’s “Song of the South.” The Broadway’s original ad described it as “modern, beautiful, the finest equipment, a perfect showplace dedicated to community service and entertainment.” During the opening weekend, organist Norma Ballard was featured on a Hammond organ in the Broadway’s lobby.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 28, 2009 at 6:45 am

The Broadway was one of several post-war Houston theaters designed for the Interstate Circuit by H.F. Pettigrew and John A. Worley of the Dallas firm of Pettigrew & Worley. The very similar Santa Rosa was another.