Heights Theatre

339 W. 19th Street,
Houston, TX 77008

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Located on 19th street in the Historical Houston Heights neighborhood of Houston. After closing, the Heights Theatre was been converted into retail space, mostly for antiques.

In March 2013, it was operating as a special events venue.

Contributed by Marston Gould

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 18, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Here is part of an LA Times story dated 6/7/69:

Houston-A theater playing the controversial Swedish film “I am Curious (Yellow)” burned to the ground here Wednesday. Officials of the Houston arson squad said the fire, which destroyed the Heights Theater, was probably set by a person or persons hidden in the theater.

“Someone probably burned the theater down in the name of decency”, said Mrs. John Scott, who along with her husband owns the theater. The film, which includes explicit sex scenes, has caused controversy in the city resulting in picketing by a church group and literature thrown on the Scotts' front porch.

“We ran family movies for nine years and almost went broke”, Mrs. Scott said angrily. She said that the theater has been showing adult movies for the past three years and has done much better financially.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 18, 2008 at 8:34 pm

I think so. I don’t know when this theater closed, which makes you wonder if the current building was ever used for films.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 18, 2008 at 9:06 pm

I guess they rebuilt it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 30, 2009 at 12:06 am

Judging from the Art Moderne facade and the somewhat grungy looking side walls seen in those photos, I’d say the theater was probably just gutted by the 1969 fire rather than “burned to the ground” as the Times article had it.

The July 14, 1969, issue of Boxoffice Magazine reported on the fire investigation and said that the fire had definitely been set by an arsonist. The Boxoffice article said that the fire had “…destroyed the $90,000 theatre….” That vertical sign must be from the early 1950s at the latest, though.

sepiatone
sepiatone on November 16, 2009 at 8:12 pm

The Heights opened on May 14, 1929. The premier feature was “Sunset Pass” with Jack Holt and Nora Lane.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm

There is a video with some interior views on this page. Address should be changed to 339 W. 19th Street.
http://tinyurl.com/yjsecz6

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 26, 2010 at 12:55 am

There is a 2006 photo of the restored 1935 Art Moderne facade, and a view dated 1935 showing the original mission style front, on this page at Houston Deco.

kgtband
kgtband on May 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm

The theater is now an art gallery and event space.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm

The Heights Theatre has been converted into an event center operated by Gallery M Squared. Here is a link to their web site. The Theater History section (hover cursor over “About” under the gallery name) has an early photo of the auditorium.

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