Howard Theatre

308 North Main Street,
Taylor, TX 76574

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Howard Theatre...Taylor Texas

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The Howard Theatre was originally built in 1925 or 1926 by Howard Bland. This theatre, however, is not the original Howard Theatre. The original Howard Theatre was directly across the street from this ‘New’ Howard Theatre.

Originally, the name of this theatre was the Rita Theatre and showed all the B-run movies in town. It originally had 582 seats. The original Howard Theatre was the first run theatre.

In the 1950’s, the Blands' removed the sign off of the original Howard Theatre and closed that theatre. They moved the sign over to the newly refurbished Rita/New Howard Theatre. By 1950 both the Rita Theatre/New Howard Theatre and the ‘old’ Howard Theatre were sold to the Robb & Rowley-United division, later a division of United Artists Theatres.

In 1972, the theatre was twinned into its present configuration by adding a stage and wall at the end of the balcony creating an upstairs and downstairs auditorium.

In 1990, United Artists sold the theatre back to F. Rhea Cromwell, a descendant of Howard Bland. In turn, the Cromwells' have leased the theatre out to several different individuals until 1999, when the current owner purchased the building outright from the Cromwells'.

Information courtesy of William T. Parr.

Contributed by Jake Carter

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

bennyfolse
bennyfolse on December 11, 2006 at 2:53 pm

Pretty cool but didn’t care for the upstairs show. There was a loud movie downstairs and the volume wasn’t loud enough to drown it out. Prices are great though. I didn’t peek into the downstairs but plan to see the next show there. Overall very nice feel.

trailerjoh
trailerjoh on July 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm

The Howard in Taylor went digital both upstairs and down. This happened the weekend following the day I took the pix on June 19, 2003. Here’s a few photos of the booths and equipment and of the auditoriums.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/12335678@N00/sets/72157634566237518/

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 12, 2015 at 5:08 pm

1950’s photo as the Rita Theatre added to Photos Section. Then and Now fade including the same in link below. Copy and paste to view.

http://www.whatwasthere.com/browse.aspx#!/ll/30.569829,-97.409598/id/73126/info/sv/zoom/14/

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