Crescent Theater

920 N. Congress Avenue,
Austin, TX 78701

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The newly opened Crescent Theatre, Austin, TX in 1914

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Opened in 1913, the Crescent Theater was Austin’s first theater specifically built for motion picture exhibition. It appears to have closed in the early-1930s. The retail building at the site may have housed the former theater.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 15, 2012 at 8:39 am

This article includes a picture of the Crescent Theater: View link

CharmaineZoe
CharmaineZoe on March 1, 2013 at 2:09 am

The Crescent opened on Wednesday February 4th, 1914 at 9.30am, and for the next 5 hours the people of Austin were allowed to wander round and explore the new theatre, including projecting rooms etc, free of charge. Up to 3,000 people took advantage of the opportunity before the first film showing at 2.30pm. The manager, W.T.MacCormack was on hand with his staff to explain the workings of the machinery to the curious and afterwards said “The affair was a success in every way”.

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