Clear Lake Theater

16602 El Camino Real,
Houston, TX 77062-5815

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The Clearlake Theater opened April 20, 1966 with 900 seats. It was twinned in the late-1970’s but was closed around 1983.

Contributed by Paul Smith / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 25, 2009 at 11:57 pm

The Clear Lake was opened by the Interstate circuit on April 20, 1966, according to Boxoffice of April 26. The May 9 issue of Boxoffice that year said that the Clear Lake Theatre would have 900 seats. It was the fourth of nine new indoor theaters Interstate expected to open in 1966.

I suspect that most or all of these theaters were designed by Irving R. Klein & Associates of Houston, but the only two I’ve been able to confirm in Boxoffice are the Parkview in Pasadena, Texas, and the Northshore in Houston. A photo of the lounge of the Clear Lake accompanied an article on the Parkview in the February 20, 1967, issue of Boxoffice, with a caption saying that it was a near twin of the Parkview’s lounge area. That suggests, but does not confirm, Klein’s participation in the Clear Lake project.

RSM3853 on December 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

This theater must have lasted longer than 1969, as I show “Diamonds are Forever” as the Christmas film there in 1971.

dkstall on January 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm

This theater did not close in 1969. In an attempt to compete in the late 1970’s they put a partition wall down the center of the theater to create two screens. A couple years later it did close and became a night club.

DJRage70 on November 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Is this the place that became the new J Larkins location when it moved from Nasa Rd 1?

plastic96 on July 30, 2016 at 9:42 am

The theater was open as late as 1976, I saw Star Wars for the first time there (No line at all).

crazycris29 on April 25, 2018 at 1:17 pm

This theater was open into the 80s though i think it was closed by 83? 84? The last movie i saw here was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Other 80s movies i saw here was Urban Cowboy and 9-5.

JosephFotinos on May 14, 2018 at 7:10 am

The North Shore (also designed by Klein) was also divided into a two-screener and became a dollar theatre. Been searching everywhere for a photo of the old North Shore. The designs of all the theatres are VERY similar.

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