25th Street Theatre

1006 N. 25th Street,
Waco, TX 76707

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25th Street Theatre

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 then stood 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.” It was demolished in October 2019.

Contributed by Jake Vanek

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Milks4Pooter
Milks4Pooter on November 13, 2013 at 2:27 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
25thStreetinWaco on November 13, 2013 at 8:37 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
Shaw on April 25, 2014 at 11:15 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
dallasmovietheaters on June 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm

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

mikeled
mikeled on February 26, 2016 at 12:51 pm

A story about it just appeared in the Waco newspaper

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/business/owners-of-vacant-th-street-theatre-appear-ready-for-renovation/article_17c4fa49-299f-5db0-9331-4bab5b2b62bb.html

JVanek72
JVanek72 on June 7, 2018 at 11:31 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.

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/city_of_waco/city-of-waco-set-to-buy-th-street-theatre-for/article_efcb328e-8d8d-5e98-b62a-286e23f07d48.html

JVanek72
JVanek72 on December 6, 2018 at 2:02 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

Randy A Carlisle
Randy A Carlisle on August 11, 2019 at 5:59 pm

Drove by today (Aug 11 2019) & this structure still stands. The 25th St Theatre part of the marquee has been removed. Safety reasons I’m guessing. In such sad shape.. RAC Photography †

JVanek72
JVanek72 on October 14, 2019 at 4:47 pm

Demolition of this theatre has begun! A sad day for Waco, TX.

JVanek72
JVanek72 on October 15, 2019 at 8:05 am

https://www.wacotrib.com/news/local/th-street-theatre-demolition-begins/article_8f2fdefa-9cc7-5abd-b76d-5afddcf821b0.html#1

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