Capital Plaza Theater

1101 Reinli Street,
Austin, TX 78723

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Opened in 1963, split to three screens in the mid-1970’s, closed in 1989. After closing the building was a bar, sound stage and is now a church.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 1, 2013 at 11:04 am

When General Drive-In Corporation (which became General Cinema Corporation in 1964) began building indoor theaters in shopping centers throughout the country in the 1960s, the company hired architect William Reisman to design them. There were a handful of basic plans, and virtually all new General Cinema houses for more than a decade were variations on one or another of them.

This weblog post has renderings of six of the the GC houses Reisman designed. I don’t think the house at Capital Plaza is among them, but it might have resembled one of them.

SingleScreen on November 9, 2015 at 4:34 am

Sad. I now live in that neighborhood an never knew it was a former movie theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 10, 2015 at 2:23 am

I certainly wouldn’t have recognized this plain, boxy building as a former theater. This Facebook page has one of the renderings I linked to in my previous comment, which depicts one of the six prototype theaters that architect William Reisman designed for GCC in the 1960s.

The member who posted it says that this particular design looked most like the Capital Plaza, and one commenter downthread says “…that pretty much looks like it.” There are dozens of comments from people who attended the theater or worked at it, and I’ve found none who say that it didn’t look like the drawing, so I think we can assume that the Capital Plaza’s design was indeed based on that particular William Reisman prototype.

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