Clear Lake Theater

16602 El Camino Real,
Houston, TX 77062-5815

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The Clearlake Theater opened in 1966 with 900 seats. It was twinned in the late-1970’s but was closed a couple of years later.

Contributed by Paul Smith / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 26, 2009 at 7:57 am

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
RSM3853 on December 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

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

dkstall
dkstall on January 2, 2013 at 10:46 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
DJRage70 on November 19, 2014 at 12:14 am

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

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