Texas Theatre

105 E. Houston Street,
San Antonio, TX 78201

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 24, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I know full well you can’t save every old theater. But this was such a nice room that it’s a shame they couldn’t have done better. I suppose if it had to be this or the Majestic they probably picked the better of the two. But I wish they had finished the job. They should have either torn the facade down or disassembled it and put it back up where it didn’t look like a stuffed deer head on someone’s trophy wall.

icebrg
icebrg on December 31, 2013 at 10:32 am

Of historic significance, the Texas Theater was the site for the premiere of the first Academy Award for Best Picture recipient, “Wings.” The film was shot in and around San Antonio, primarily at Kelly Field AFB.

oldolmosusher
oldolmosusher on October 5, 2012 at 10:29 am

I was an usher at the Texas around 1960. Later I worked down the street at the Majestic. Lots of memories.

LuisV
LuisV on May 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Just saw this spectacular facade in downtown San Antonio. What an incredible travesty that the rest of this theater was demolished for such an ugly office building which could just as easily have been built on any of the vacant lots in the surrounding area. I’m sure the interior was amazing. I am, however, still grateful that the facade and box office are still with us but it leaves me wanting more. I wish they had made the decision to keep the lights as well. Alas…..

DonLewis
DonLewis on September 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm

From the late 1930s a postcard view of the Texas Theatre in San Antonio.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 22, 2009 at 10:02 am

The facade looks pretty haphazard tacked onto the new office tower, at least from the photos I have seen.

royal725
royal725 on June 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm

In truth, neither SBC nor Southwestern Bell had anything to do with the restoration of the terra-cotta facade of the Texas Theatre. The client for the restoration was RepublicBank San Antonio which paid for it. The architect for the facade restoration was Ford, Powell & Carson, Inc. of San Antonio. An attempt was made to restore the sign as well, but it broke into small pieces when it was removed from the facade.

Patsy
Patsy on March 7, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Lost: Thanks.

Patsy
Patsy on March 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm

SiliconSam: Thanks.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 7, 2009 at 6:46 pm

More information and a few photos are here.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 7, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Next time I go to San Antonio to take pics, I’ll get some of what it looks like today.

Patsy
Patsy on March 7, 2009 at 5:43 pm

And the March 17, 2005 photos can’t be viewed anymore either.

Patsy
Patsy on March 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm

The March 2, 2007 demo photos are beyond words of disappointment!

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 7, 2009 at 2:54 pm

A 1982 close up of the Texas Theatre in San Antonio at the outset of being dismantled.

DonLewis
DonLewis on May 26, 2008 at 5:47 pm

In reply to Life’s too short, judging from the photo I posted above, the the very ornate Texas Theater appeared to be in good shape on the outside.

Don….

DonLewis
DonLewis on May 26, 2008 at 5:38 pm

A January 1982 view of the Texas Theater in San Antonio.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 27, 2007 at 7:31 am

As I understand it the Texas was in pretty good shape when they demolished it. Can anyone speak to that?

tomdelay
tomdelay on March 5, 2007 at 10:15 am

The 19 rank style 260 Special Wurlitzer was removed by Rod Yarbough of Dallas. A sad, quadraplegic accident prevented Rod from installing the organ. In the late 1980s, the organ saw a short rebirth installed in the Schubert/World/Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, MN. The organ was used during some broadcasts of A Prarie Home Companion. Recently the film version of APHC showed the console of the former Texas Wurlitzer stored backstage.

From what I understand, the organ needs a major amout of work to get it playing again.

sarider
sarider on March 2, 2007 at 8:53 pm

A photoset of the Texas Theater and its demolition in 1982 can be seen at:

View link

outafocus
outafocus on July 4, 2006 at 3:28 pm

Most people liked the Aztec and Majestic better than the Texas. They were more ornate in their own ways, but the Texas was my favorite of all. It was elegant. It had an orchestra pit, stage, and a beautiful red curtain in front of it’s massive screen. It had a HUGE chandelier above the second balcony, and the “colored” balcony which sat above the projection room had eight small Tiffany style chandeliers. The acoustics were fantastic. Even in the highest perch, the sound was crisp and clear. I explored every nook and cranny in that theatre and found all sorts of hidden rooms, and lots of neat old memorabilia. It is a shame that a jewel like the Texas was demolished, and a much lesser theatre like the Empire was saved.

legsdiamond
legsdiamond on July 24, 2005 at 8:45 pm

I went to see some ‘Hercules’ movie there (alone) while my dad was on a convention in San Antonio in about 1973. I was 13. I thought the theater was the most beautiful building I had ever been in. I also remember the theater as being one of the most influential spaces in my lives, for other reasons. :)

icebrg
icebrg on July 24, 2005 at 7:18 am

SBC does not own nor did they develop the office complex that included the demolition of the Texas Theater. SBC leases space in the thirteen story building that sits on the Texas Theater site for its corporate headquarters. The original developer, RepublicBank of Texas, hired the firm of Ford, Powell & Carson (ironically known in part for lead principal, O'Niel Ford’s preservation work) to design this Riverwalk facing, three building complex, then known as RepublicBank Plaza.

The San Antonio Conservation Society did try and save the theater and went to great lengths to do so. They even promoted a scheme by noted architect Michael Graves (now known more for his cheap clocks, teapots and egg timers at Target than for his architecture). In the end the Texas real estate, petrochemical and banking industry soon went belly up and like the plans for the final building, a 30 story 600,000 sf tower, RepublicBank disappeared almost overnight.

To this day, some 22 years later, the site for the 30 story tower still sits vacant and the site, now simply known as ‘The Plaza’ sits as painful a reminder of lost memories and the many unfulfilled dreams of Texas' oil boom days of the 1980’s.

Patsy
Patsy on March 17, 2005 at 12:17 pm

TC: Great photos!