Worth Theatre

306 W. Seventh Street,
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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Worth & (Hollywood Theaters)

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The Worth Theatre and adjoining Worth Hotel were designed in 1928 by Alfred Charles Finn and Wyatt C. Hendrick, who would also team up a year later to design the Electric and Hollywood Theatre Building and in 1930, the twenty-story Fair Building, all three marvels of early Art Deco style architecture in downtown Fort Worth. Additional design contributions were by John Eberson.

The Worth Theatre seated 2,484 and like its contemporaries on the Seventh Street ‘theater row’, the Hollywood Theatre and Palace Theatre, were major showplaces for several decades for both live and on-screen entertainment. In the early-1940’s, the Worth Theatre was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Hoblitzelle & O'Donnell.

It wasn’t until the late-1960’s and early-1970’s, when multiplexes in the suburbs began to draw theater-goers away from downtown that the huge movie palaces of Fort Worth, like so many others around the country, began to fall into decline.

The Worth Theatre was closed in 1971 and was demolished not long afterwards. In 1975, the historic Fort Worth Club Building (also designed in part by Hendrick) of 1926 was expanded a half-block west, with a fourteen-story addition on the site of the former Worth Theatre and Hotel.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

kenraney on March 17, 2005 at 9:40 pm

I envy you Tom. Access to all the spaces you mentioned would have been great. I remember the move of the organ being mentioned locally on the news but never heard it used.
Casa Mana is an interesting building itself. Being a Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome it was perfect for theater in the round. I believe it’s round stage has since been altered to a more traditional form though. Last time I was there my children were small and we saw a live production of “Little Shop of Horrors”.

johnbmiller on March 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm

Hello,I was an usher at the Worth Theatre in 1964.I’d like to reminisce with anyone who has memories of the theatre..John

tcaldwell on March 31, 2008 at 4:05 pm


Was Ray Jones the manager when you were working at the Worth?

johnbmiller on April 1, 2008 at 1:57 am

I remembered his name as Sam Jones,but I think you are right.I remember the asst. manager was named Songer and I think his first name was Gary.The head of the ushers was Gary Eason….It was a great job for a 15 yr old kid.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 25, 2010 at 6:04 am

A postcard view of the Worth and Hollywood theatres in downtown Fort Worth.

cacarr on January 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Does anyone know where the Rialto Theater in Ft. Worth was located? Any pictures? My great grandmother use to work there.

jamestv on January 29, 2013 at 5:33 am

This was the palatial theatre in downtown Fort Worth in the 50’s and 60’s after the closing of the Majestic. It was the home of the James Bond movies.

Mrkevinjones on September 30, 2014 at 10:10 pm

My Grandfather, Ray Jones Sr., was the manager of the Worth. When it was demolished my father rescued two chairs. I refinished those chairs and they are now in the media room of my home in Nashville, TN. Above the chairs I placed pictures of the Worth Theater, my Grandfather, and some of the movie stars he had at the theater while their movies were playing.

I do not have any pictures of the interior of the theater but I would very much like to add some to the display. If anyone has any please contact me.

Kevin Jones

imaxman on July 2, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Is this the theater that ran “Fate Is the Hunter” with Glenn Ford
in 1964?
I saw that movie in one of the downtown theaters in 64.

kenraney on July 8, 2015 at 7:57 am

I always fondly recall this theater as my friends and I would go there in the late 60s. Rarely would there be many others there. I remember how beautiful the interior was done in an Egyptian motif. I searched and searched over the years for photos so I could see it again to no avail. I did however recently find this web page http://hometownbyhandlebar.com/?p=11815 which has newspaper articles, including photos, covering the opening, acts/movies through the years, and the eventual destruction of the wonderful theater. I hope this makes all smile as much as it did me! Still looking for better interior photographs but for now this helps.

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