Boulevard Theatre

6633 Harrisburg Boulevard,
Houston, TX 77011

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Boulevard Theatre  circa 1920

The Boulevard Theatre opened on June 5, 1919. The premier feature was D.W. Griffith’s “The Greatest Thing in Life” with David Butler and Lillian Gish. The Boulevard Theatre was billed as "everybody’s theatre. A place you can go and take the children."

The following poetry appeared in the opening day advertisement.

So come on, Mary; don’t fuss up the kids;
Just wash off their faces and put on their lids;
We’ll attend the new show, it opens tonight,
On Harrisburg Boulevard, right in plain sight.

Wear your new gingham dress; it’s neat and clean,
And, I saw Uncle Bill; he has cut out the Queen;
Their crowd is going and so’s Uncle John.
So hurry up Girlie, and don’t be long.

No crowded trolley or carfare to pay,
We can save up our coin and go every day,
The best high class pictures are booked to run,
Full of life, love and nature with oceans of fun.

The manager, he’s a right thoughtful young man,
And, equipping the show, has done the best he can
To make a cozy, homelike retreat,
So come along, Mary; let’s get a front seat…

..To as good a show as there is in Houston and you be the judge. Admission always 15 and 6 cents. First show starts at 6:30 p.m.

A 3-alarm fire on December 21, 1962 destroyed the Boulevard Theater. The fire started in the projection booth, which was stacked with film reels for an upcoming triple feature – “War of the Satellites”, “Day of the Outlaw”, and “The Tartars”.

Contributed by Bob Machann
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