Campus Theatre

214 W. Hickory Street,
Denton, TX 76201

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Campus TheatreĀ© Denton TX / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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The Campus Theatre was constructed in 1949 as the Southwest’s premiere movie theater for Denton, Texas.

Over 30 tons of steel was used to construct the movie theater and it cost over half a million dollars to build.

Numerous movie stars have visited the Campus Theatre from John Wayne to Warren Beatty who appeared at the Campus when Bonnie and Clyde premiered here in 1967.

Today, it is a performing arts facility. Over 32,000 visitors come each year to see live performaces at the Campus.

Contributed by Scot S. Wilkinson

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

MElliott on October 4, 2005 at 8:26 am

The film which opened The Campus Theatre in 1949 was the national premiere of I WAS A MALE WARBRIDE, starring Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan. The premiere was held at the new theatre because Ann Sheridan was really Clara Lou Sheridan, a Denton native. And yes, John Wayne, Jeff Chandler, a couple of other stars, and some starlets, one of whom was Mary Murphy, came to Denton and The Campus in the fifties in an effort to lure people away from their tv sets and back into the theatres—exciting stuff for then small town Denton. For years the theatre held Saturday morning Kiddie Shows, which included an old movie (usually a western or horror film—I saw many Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney classics there), lots of cartoons, and sometimes a live talent show. The Kiddie Shows, ostensibly for children, became very popular with teenagers, who really went, of course, to meet and greet school friends and classmates more than to see a movie. The Campus was a beautiful art deco house; the girls and women especially loved the pink tinted mirror in the ladies room because it made them look great! Thanks for letting me reminisce about this wonderful old theatre. M Elliott

Jabba1310 on June 22, 2006 at 3:12 am

Is this part of the Fry Street area which is in jeopardy of being knocked down by developers?

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 4, 2006 at 7:10 am

My photograph of the CAMPUS View link

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 4, 2008 at 8:31 pm

A 1985 photo of the Campus Theater in Denton.

kencmcintyre on May 14, 2008 at 8:37 pm

OK, I won’t post any others. I didn’t know you were on it.

kenraney on May 15, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Hi Guys,
Gotta put in my two cents.
Yes, Henrietta is a very small town in North Central
Population in 2000 was just over 3,000. It’s not
considered a neighbor of Denton and nowhere near it's
size. Denton has two universities and is the county
seat. Heck, when I went to North Texas ( now UNT ) our
university alone had 12,000. I think back then with
TWU we made half the population of 40,000. I think
Denton is closer to 130,000 now.
The Campus (off square note your photo you can see the
courthouse over neighboring building) is still there
they are live performance theater, the Fine Arts ( on
the square ) still stands, hosts a church I believe,
the XXX Theater ( on square )long ago closed but is
now occupied by a business. There was at least one
other movie theater away from the square on University
Drive I think. I got a ticket for a red light there
after we’d seen some movie on rodeos done in the
fashion of “On Any Given Sunday”. I seem to remember 2
drive-in theaters but can’t recall names. Do remember
seeing “Death Race 2000” (starring David Carradine) at
the drive-in north of town. We had a car full, it
rained buckets, and we were more interested in downing
the case of beer we brought! Still it was a funny
movie then and now.
As for theaters there now? Well, there’s a large mall
south of town on I-35 called Golden Triangle Mall.
There’s bound to be a plex there and more around town.
Town’s changed alot since my college days in 1970's

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 14, 2009 at 8:48 pm

A promo shot for the October 1949 opening of the Campus Theatre in Denton Texas.

rivest266 on October 24, 2009 at 6:49 pm

October 4th, 1949 grand opening ad is at View link

CSWalczak on May 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm

This theater has now been officiallyy designated as a Texas landmark: View link

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