25th Street Theatre

1006 N. 25th Street,
Waco, TX 76707

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Nighttime shot of the building and neon vertical sign!

The 25th Street Theatre was opened in November 1945 and served as a single screen theatre until it closure on July 4, 1982.

It was renovated and reopened in 1986 as a nightclub, and closed again in 1992.

It now stands vacant and I believe condemned. “If anyone has any old photos of this theatre or has any plans for it let me know. It’s a treasure that shouldn’t be forgotten.”

Contributed by Jake Vanek

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25thStreetinWaco on November 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm

The City of Waco has initiated condemnation proceedings on the 25th Street Theatre and the adjacent buildings. No viable offers have been made to the owner(s) that would save the structure from the wrecking ball.

Milks4Pooter on November 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

The fact that the 25th Street Theatre has stood vacant so long without literally crumbling to the ground has everything to do with the skillful restoration performed by Mousey and his small team back in 1986 … but mostly it was Mousey. (All of you who knew him know that he was capable of doing the ENTIRE renovation of 2-5 by himself.)

I am saddened that the City of Waco and the estate of Mousey are now burdened with an eyesore and an expensive clean-up. But I am not at all surprised … seriously. I’m not surprised in the least.

Watching the slow death of yet another piece of Waco history is terribly depressing, but it has become quite obvious that there is no serious intent toward saving this structure. Too bad.

Poor City of Waco, the city just doesn’t seem to appreciate a good thing when it is staring them in the face. This isn’t the first time Waco has neglected something of great intrinsic value within her city limits, and I am confident it won’t be the last.

No worries here, though. The memories created in this theatre space and in a prior location (O.L.) over the decades are more precious to me than mortar and brick.

Thank you to everyone here who has helped to keep the memory of this once grand space, and our favorite mad-man, alive in our minds.

“Thank you … drive through!”

racegirl8 on November 13, 2013 at 11:22 am

Milks4Pooter: There IS actually some people interested in doing something with the theatre although I’m not at liberty to discuss the fine details at the moment. I will just say most likely it will NOT be demolished as the people wanting to save it are fighting the city tooth and nail to be sure they keep their grubby hands off that building which holds so many memories. Just stay tuned for more updates as they warrant and are allowed to be discussed. Thank you!

Milks4Pooter on November 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

To brunt, or not to brunt … that is the question for Pooter, always.

racegirl8: Sorry to be so quick to make assumptions. Of course I know how passionate some of our friends are about the theatre and bringing her back to life … I definitely don’t mean to rain on their parade and I will be there to help when the time comes and if I am needed.

25thStreetinWaco on November 13, 2013 at 6:37 pm

It’s going to be demolished if it is not purchased. The time horizon is very short on this. I believe all of the buildings (the theatre and the old print shop) plus the rest of the land which is vacant (and needed for parking)can be purchased for $50K. The purchasers would have to assume all liabilities for renovation or demolition depending on what they are able to negotiate with the city. I’m sure the city would rather see it renovated but they are quite clear that something HAS to happen SOON. My information is that some kind of conclusion will happen before the end of the year.

Shaw on April 25, 2014 at 9:15 am

The building to the left is going to be renovated soon. The theater’s recent owner has passed away, so that is still up in the air to what will happen. The night club is also closing down and moving.

dallasmovietheaters on June 18, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Final showing was July 4, 1982. Owner Plitt Theatres had considered making the theater a dollar house but reconsidered.

mikeled on February 26, 2016 at 10:51 am

A story about it just appeared in the Waco newspaper


JVanek72 on June 7, 2018 at 9:31 am

Unfortunately, the City OF Waco has purchased the 25th Street Theatre and the entire block, and will be using the space for a new fire station. It is unknown as to whether or not the theatre building will be incorporated into the plans.


JVanek72 on December 6, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Theatre to be demolished. Demolition date not know at this time. https://www.wacotrib.com/news/fire/th-street-theatre-will-be-razed-for-new-fire-facility/article_27d417c5-d14b-5254-b2fc-c9742b9d907e.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR2JPl03LY-KRbLZZVZGKiwYZcc2CiLk5w_0ENHFeopiBmnqHio34S9BO3w

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