1001 Shaw Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Phil Isley Theaters
Architects: Raymond F. Smith
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The Capitan Theater was opened on November 15, 1949 with Brian Donlevy in “Impact” & Monte Hale “San Antone Ambush” (Monte Hale appeared in person at the opening). It was operated by Phil Isley Theaters. Located in the Pasadena district of Houston, it has a tower feature on the left of the façade, with a nautical mural on the face of the façade. Internal murals on the auditorium side-walls were by Nat Smythe. Seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels.
The Capitan Theater was closed as a regular movie theatre in 1969. In 1970 it began screening adult movies and also had a period screening Spanish language films. It was closed in 1976. I became a church, and later reopened screening Spanish language movies again into the 1980’s. Plans for renovations were announced in 2003, but to-date, have come to nothing. The exterior is beautiful, especially with the neon lit up.
It holds many wonderful memories for us Boomers…and before!
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