Natatorium Theater

2705 W. 6th Street,
Amarillo, TX 79106-8951

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Natatorium Theater

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The Natatorium building originally housed an indoor swimming pool which opened in 1922. After a very short run as a theater J.D.Tucker purchased the building and converted it into a ballroom which had a long successful run.

As of 2009 the building houses an antique store.

Contributed by Bill Utterback / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on September 14, 2009 at 10:40 am

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Anyone know what theater is depicted in the second to last photo? Look recent enough…

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on September 14, 2009 at 11:05 am

Read lots of articles on the Nat, and not one mentioned it being used as a theater. Said the swimming pool was covered over by a dance floor, and became a dine and dance hall in ‘26.

5¢ a dance…

ronnwood on October 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

The “Nat” never housed an indoor swimming pool. The water was always outdoors until the pool was closed, a floor built over it, and a roof built over that so the venue could be used as a nightclub. The pool structure is still under the dance floor. Another myth is that the floor used to open up like the one in “WONDERFUL LIFE” to reveal the pool. No such thing but you can still climb down and see the old pool area. And it was never a movie theater other than someone may have set up a projector now and then and showed something on a drop down screen. I bet the flat, ugly parking lot building people really have their eyes on this place.

ref on January 8, 2015 at 5:09 pm

I lived about 10 blocks from The Nat from 1946 to 1961. Worked at a grocery store a block away. Never realized until years later that 6th Street barely visible on the right in the picture was old Route 66. As I recall, a well-known rock ‘n roll singer was to perform at the Nat, but was unable to go on stage.

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