Texas Theatre

917 Main Street,
Bastrop, TX 78602

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1942 photo credit Charles Steinheimer LIFE Picture Collections.

The Texas Theatre was opened on March 12, 1942 with Frederick March in “There Goes My Heart”. the new theatre was captured by photographer Charles Steinheimer of LIFE Magazine. It had closed by 1950.

The site today serves as outdoor seating for The 602 On Main, a farm to table restaurant next door.

Contributed by David Zornig

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 14, 2019 at 6:04 am

Four 1942 photos added credit Charles Steinheimer LIFE Picture Collections.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on May 14, 2019 at 7:20 am

It appears that blackout covers were put on the marquee because of wartime restrictions regarding unnecessary nighttime lights.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 14, 2019 at 9:26 am

Thanks. I didn’t catch that. I saw a WTTW/PBS thing in Chicago, and a woman reminiscing about the Marbro Theatre mentioned they were required to turn off the entire marquee for safety. So that large venues with known crowds would not be visible to potential air strikes.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on May 15, 2019 at 3:18 am

Launched March 12, 1942 with “There Goes My Heart” with Frederick March. The theatre was located in the former C.A. Ziegenhals Furniture Store. Ad in photos. Appears to have closed in February of 1943. The facility was used for church services and the Bastrop Recreation Club moved into the former theatre building Setpember 30. 1943.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on May 15, 2019 at 4:20 am

Closed February 27, 1943.

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