25th Street Theatre

1006 N. 25th Street,
Waco, TX 76707

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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.

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.

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.

racegirl8
racegirl8 on November 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm

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 12:19 pm

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!”

25thStreetinWaco
25thStreetinWaco on November 9, 2013 at 6:01 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.

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on December 26, 2012 at 8:33 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

JVanek
JVanek on June 17, 2011 at 10:14 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

Milks4Pooter
Milks4Pooter on June 17, 2011 at 6:16 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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Good Comment and update,racegirls.

racegirl8
racegirl8 on May 12, 2011 at 7:39 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!!! : )

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Speaking of Grim I just noticed on the map the side street of the 25th. Ave. Theatre is Grim Ave.

rej25th
rej25th on July 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm

dubnstein or milks4pooter? how in the Hell do you know about milk for pooter? robert-bob

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Very good comment!Thats a great name for the album.Might be copywright problems though.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Ticket to nowhere.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Very grim ken mc,would make a nice album cover though.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Here is a rather grim view of the theater:
http://tinyurl.com/267wjl9

Milks4Pooter
Milks4Pooter on March 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm

This information is like a reprieve for a death-row inmate. She will not go down without a fight, apparently.

I am broadcasting a request photographs of the interior light grid if anybody is willing to share them. Myself and a couple other acquaintances of Richard would like to create as accurate a blueprint of this show-piece as possible. Your photographs of the grid and light shows (even if they are blurry, dark or out just plain useless otherwise) will help accomplish this goal. Who knows. If the old girl is revived, we might be able to install a light system exactly like we remember. It is my personal opinion that, with her passing the structural integrity inspection, we have the best opportunity to do this the way Richard would like. Jake, thanks for all of your hard efforts. Robert, the same goes for you.

texas25th
texas25th on March 19, 2010 at 12:10 am

Just for eveyones information, the city of Waco has requested that the buildings on Grim street down the side of 25th theater be demolished due too structural failures in the roof. The demolition should start in the next month or so. It should be noted that the buildings schedualed for demolition were built several years after the theater and are seperate structures and most recently housed a law firm, beauty shop and print shop. The theater itself just passed a structural inspection which the city of Waco also requested, a true testiment to it’s buliders!

tivy
tivy on February 11, 2010 at 11:05 am

Hello all, I am curious if anything has been done with the status of the theater. My grandparents used to own the antique store across from MC’s. I always remember seeing your crowns down at the theater and just wishing I was old enough. Please fill me in. Jake, keep this thing going.

awooten
awooten on December 6, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Hey. if anyone knows whats going to happen to the 25th st. theatre please get into contact me. im really interested in the theatre and i dont want it to get demolished. if you have time contact me at my name is Andrea.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 5, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Nice night time pictures,all the old theaters always looked better all lit up.

atmos
atmos on October 28, 2009 at 11:10 pm

John and Drew Eberson designed a theatre in Waco around 1945 and this could be it.

texas25th
texas25th on October 17, 2009 at 12:45 am

Hey 25th Light Fan. The 25th was stripped of all of its lighting gear many years back along with any and all electronic equipment as well as its 70mm film projection and sound equipment. The structure is basically empty with only asbestos and mold remaining. Due to a very poor roof dating back to the club days it has suffered extensive water damage. Plans are still underway to save her and bring her back. Hope this helps!