Heights Theatre

339 W. 19th Street,
Houston, TX 77008

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2013 at 11:49 am

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.

kgtband
kgtband on May 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

The theater is now an art gallery and event space.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2010 at 8:55 pm

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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 5, 2009 at 1:11 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

sepiatone
sepiatone on November 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 29, 2009 at 7:06 pm

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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 18, 2008 at 5:06 pm

I guess they rebuilt it.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 18, 2008 at 4:34 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 4:17 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 June 7, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Here is another photo. The space may currently be in use as a picture framing store called Dramatika.
http://tinyurl.com/5t5y7l

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 6, 2007 at 9:56 am

There is a 1930 photo on this page:
http://tinyurl.com/2jb5yf

James Colburn
James Colburn on February 8, 2005 at 5:30 pm

This is a store also now. Would have been worth more today as a theatre! The Heights is booming and they lost alot of History before they decided to save and restore the area. Shame again…we lose a another GEM!

William
William on December 15, 2003 at 4:16 pm

The Heights Theatre is located at 331 W. 19th Street and it seated 950 people once.