Hollywood Theatre

410 W. 7th Street,
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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Hollywood Theatre exterior

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Built in 1929 by architects Alfred Charles Finn and Wyatt C. Hendrick in 1929, the eighteen story Electric Building and Hollywood Theatre were designed in Art Deco style, with stylized friezes on the building’s exterior of electricity-themed designs.

For four decades, the string of theatres along 7th Street was Fort Worth’s Broadway, including the Worth Theatre, the Palace Theatre and the 7th Street Theatre. It was renovated in 1963 to the plans of architect Jim Vowell.

In the early-1970’s, as multiplexes began sprouting up around Fort Worth’s suburbs, the large movie palaces fell into quick decline. The Hollywood Theatre was among the last of the major houses to be shuttered, in 1976.

After more than two decades closed and crumbling away, the Electric Building and Hollywood Theatre were renovated into a luxury apartment tower. Unfortunately, while the magnificent Art Deco lobby of the Electric Building was stunningly restored, the former Hollywood Theatre was completely gutted and became a four level parking garage for the apartment building tenants.

The Electric Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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William
William on December 15, 2003 at 7:36 pm

The Hollywood Theatre seated 1700 people.

EVilleDoer
EVilleDoer on November 4, 2006 at 5:55 am

I went as a kid to the Hollywood to see The Beatles' “A Hard Days Night” when it first came out in 1964. I was only 8 years old but was with my older brother and his friends. The line snaked around several downtown blocks and we stood in line for hours. Once we finally got a seat inside the packed theatre and the movie started, the screams of the girls in the audience completely drowned out the sound and I never heard any of the movie. Wasn’t until later when we saw the movie again that we got to hear it too. That was quite a day made all the more memorable taking place at a grand old theatre in the middle of city!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 12, 2007 at 7:59 pm

There is a photo of the Hollywood marquee on this site:
http://tinyurl.com/2cgjv9

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 19, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Here is the website for the Electric Building:
http://tinyurl.com/4cnawe

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 24, 2010 at 11:54 pm

A postcard view of the View On Black]Hollywood and Worth[/url]

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 24, 2010 at 11:58 pm

A postcard view of the Hollywood and Worth Theatres in downtown Ft. Worth.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm

From 1951 a newsprint photo of Randolph Scott promoting his world premier “Fort Worth” in front of the Hollywood.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 7, 2016 at 8:15 pm

1952 photo added, photo credit Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Copy credit Special Collections, UTA Library.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 23, 2017 at 6:24 pm

The Hollywood Theatre underwent a $150,000 renovation in 1963, for operators Trans-Texas Theatres. An articlea bout it appears on this page of the January 13, 1964, issue of Boxoffice. The gala reopening took place on Christmas Day, 1963. Fort Worth architect Jim Vowell had designed the remodeling.

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