25th Street Theatre

1006 N. 25th Street,
Waco, TX 76707

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25th Street Theatre

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The 25th Street Theater was opened in November 1945 and served as a single screen theater until 1979 or 1980.

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 theater 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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racegirl8
racegirl8 on May 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Hi All! checking back in after 6yrs to see how everyone is doing. I guess there’s nothing new to report on the 25th theatre as I would’ve heard about it. It still sits abandoned and rotting away but all the memories remain that I was proud to be a part of! Hopefully one day somebody with a big heart and a bank account to match will take possession of it (before something causes its possible demise) and fix it up so everybody can enjoy it once again. I have since moved to Dallas enjoying life up here. However, if by some chance something is done to save the 25th, I’ll most definitely come down to take part in any restoration efforts offering any help I can to bring it back to life! Yall don’t give up hope and keep the faith as I have a very good feeling there’s something wonderful meant for that place in the future! Long live the 25th!!! : )

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Good Comment and update,racegirls.

Milks4Pooter
Milks4Pooter on June 17, 2011 at 4:16 am

Jake, is there a 25th Street Theater (nightclub) reunion happening in September (2011)? I hope racegirl8 and the others will contact you if the answer is ‘yes’. Would love to see the old gang again.

JVanek
JVanek on June 17, 2011 at 8:14 am

Yes there IS a reunion on Sept 3, 2011……. If anyone has a Facebook page, all the details are on it.
I hope MOST of the people can attend this event, because this is the LAST reunion, that I will be having anything to do with. I have always loved the 25th Street Theatre (before and after it was a club), but it’s time to move on. I am sure the building will be saved and I will be apart of that, but the club years are long gone as are the theatre years. Little Richard always said “quit living in the past”, and he was right….some of us (myself included) have held on to the past for far too long. It’s time let go of the past (and some people from it) and look to the future, not only for the building, but for ourselves.
As I stated, there is a reunion in September, and if you would like to attend, either do a search on Facebook for it, or email me

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on December 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I took a few photos of the 25th Theatre. Sad to say, it’s not looking good. Real bad shape from what I could tell.. Seen here from July of 2012..

Randy A Carlisle Historical Photographer

25thStreetinWaco
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
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
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
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
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.

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